Four lower league clubs have been banned in Nigeria for alleged corruption, after two decisive domestic games ended 79-0 and 67-0 respectively.
Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine FC were both overwhelming victors in the last round of league fixtures, as the promotion rivals competed to achieve the higher goal difference needed for securing a place in the Nationwide League Division.
According to BBC Sport, Feeders scored 72 of their goals in the second half, while Police Machine netted 61 times after the break - once it had become clear that the clubs could only be separated by their goal differences over the course of the entire season.
Both teams are banned "indefinitely" from Nigerian football, along with their respective opponents Akurba FC and Bubayaro FC, for their part in the combined 146-goal routs.
Muke Umeh, the chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Organising Comittee, is quoted as saying: "It is unacceptable - a scandal of huge proportions. We will investigate the matter thoroughly and get to the bottom of it," the official added.
Meanwhile, the NFF's director of competitions, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, added: "The teams involved, their players and officials, match officials, coordinator and anyone found to have played some role in this despicable matter would be severely dealt with."
One cannot help but feel sorry for the losing fans, in what could only have been a match worthy of school playground football.
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