The Nigerian Football Federation has suspended four teams involved in a shockingly obvious match-fixing scandal.
Two of the clubs involved were chasing promotion. Both sides began the tournament with 2-0 wins, but then went on to hold each other to a 0-0 stalemate. Hence, the determining factor of their fate would be goal difference, and it seems they were very well aware of that.
Both of these teams played their determining matches at the same time and entered half-time with prominent leads, but nothing out of the ordinary.
However, when the second half began, the teams began racking up an outrageous amount of goals against their opponents.
Plateau United Feeders scored 72 goals in the second half, beating Akurba FC 79 goals to none. Police Machine went on to score 61 goals in the second half against Babayaro FC and the game ended with a 67-0 scoreline. Subtle, right?
The NFF referred to the displays as "a mind-boggling show of shame" and said players, match-officials, and tournament organisers would all be investigated for match-fixing.
The NFF director of competitions Mohammed Sanusi added that, "anyone found to have played some role in this despicable matter" would be "severely dealt with."
Did the officials and players involved think that no-one would question such outrageous score-lines? Or did they think that everyone would turn a blind eye?
Needless to say, the four clubs involved have been suspended while the NFF investigates the matter at hand.
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