Plateau United Want Heartland Punished After Fans’ Attack On Referee

The League Management Company has been urged to severely sanction Heartland of Owerri after their fans attacked centre referee Yusuf Garba at the end of Monday’s Nigeria Professional Football League matchday 18 fixture against Plateau United.

The Naze Millionaires were held to a 1-1 draw in the encounter at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.

Abiodun Thompson put the hosts ahead in the 21st minute but they failed to add to their advantage despite creating a number of goal-scoring chances.

Tosin Omoyele rescued a point for the NPFL champions  by grabbing the equaliser in the last minute of added time.

 A scoop revealed that the home fans descended on the  referee immediately he blew the final whitsle, injuring him in the process.

Plateau United media officer, Albert Yakup, confirmed the incident and further stated the fans also attacked some of their players

“What happened yesterday in Owerri was an act of hooliganism. They (Heartland fans) attacked the referee  and some of our players,” Yakup told sports journalists.

“We just hope the LMC will do the needful by applying the necessary sanctions.”

The LMC have clamped down  on clubs this season over acts capable of bringing the game into disrepute with Sunshine Stars receiving biggest punishment.

The Owena Waves were made to forfeit three points and three goals after their fans attacked match officials in the aftermath of their league game against Kano Pillars at the Akure Sports Complex.

 Heartland media officer Henry Echefu was not available for comment when newsmen seek to get his comment on the incident.

CAFCC: Plateau United, Enyimba, Akwa United, MFM Hunt For Group Phase Tickets

Four Nigerian clubs Plateau United, MFM FC, Akwa United and Enyimba will look to secure places in the group phase of the CAF Confederation Cup with the decisive play-off round, second leg fixtures set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nigeria Professional Football League champions Plateau United will set the ball rolling when they take on Algeria’s USM Alger on Tuesday at the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers.

The Jos club hold a slender 2-1 advantage going into the game and know they face an uphill task in their bid to make it to the group stages of the competition for the first time.

Coach Kennedy Boboye will hope his misfiring forwards who have struggled in their last two games on the continent will put on their scoring boots in this decisive fixture.

Reliable forward Joshua Obaje who missed the first leg due to injury is back on his feet again and should complement the likes of King Osanga, Tosin Omoyele, Raphael Ayagwa and Sunday Ingbede upfront.

Boboye will also need to work on his team’s defence which struggled to cope with the pace and aerial threats of the Algerians in the first leg at the Agege Stadium, Lagos last week.

Two-time time African champions Enyimba appear to have the easiest task of all the four clubs having held South Africa’s Bidvest Wits to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

The Peoples Elephant will host the Clever Boys at their makeshift home ground, UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Wednesday and a goalless draw should see them progress to the group stage for the first time.

Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is back in training after picking a minor injury in the club’s league game against Kwara United last week and is in contention to challenge Ghanaian Fatau Dauda for the number one spot

Enyimba sure have enough quality in their ranks and should see this through.

Aiteo Federation Cup kings Akwa United however have a tough task on their hands as they look to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit against Al Hilal of Sudan.

The Promise Keepers have managed to score one goal in each of their three CAF Confederation Cup games played at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.

To stay in the competition, they will need to score three without conceding.

Coach Abdu Maikaba will bank on the likes of Victor Mbaoma, Adeshina Gata, Christian Pyagbara and Friday Ubong to deliver the goods for his team.

Also, MFM who were completely outplayed by Mali’s Djoliba in the first leg, must overcome a 1-0 home defeat when they take on same opponents at the Stade Modibo Keita Stadium, Bamako.

FULL FIXTURES

Tuesday, April 17
USM Alger vs Plateau United

Wednesday, April 18
Enyimba vs Bidvest Wits
Akwa United vs Al Hilal
Djoliba vs MFM FC

CAFCC: Plateau United Get USM Alger Test; Enyimba, MFM Draw Bidvest Wits, Djoliba

Nigeria Professional Football League champions Plateau United will face Algeria’s USM Alger in the play-off round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

The Jos club who were eliminated in the first round of the CAF Champions League by another North African club Etoile du Sahel will host the Algerians in the first leg.

Two-time African champions Enyimba have been paired against South Africa’s Bidvest Wits.

The ABSA Premier League outfit who were dumped out of the CAF Champions League by Primero do Agosto of Angola will welcome the Aba giants in the first leg.

 

Enyimba beat Benin Republic side Energie FC 5-2 on aggregate in their first fixture.

MFM FC, who were eliminated from the CAF Champions League by Algerian club MC Alger, will make a return to Mali where they will come up against Djoliba AC de Bamako.

The Olukoya Boys knocked out another Malian club Read Bamako 2-1 on aggregate in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.

Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men will entertain the Malians in the first leg.

Nigeria’s otherrepresentatives in the competition, Akwa United, will keep a date with Al Hilal of Sudan in the play-off tie.

Aggregate wins for the four clubs will guarantee them a place in the group stage of the competition.

The first leg ties will be played between 6,7 and 8 of April and the reverse fixtures are scheduled for April 17 and 18.

NPFL Champions Plateau United Hold Victory Parade

Nigeria Professional Football League champions Plateau United held a victory parade in Jos on Thursday to celebrate last season’s title success.

The victory parade, held on a trailer decorated in the club’s yellow and green and involving players and officials of the team, started in the early hours of the day from the club’s home ground, the Rwang Pam Stadium.

They took the trophy round the major parts of the city amidst warm applause and cheers from the supporters.

Plateau United Governor, Simon Lalong, will host the team later today inside the banquet hall of the New Government House, Rayfield, Jos.

The state’s number one citizen is expected to reward the players and their officials handsomely for their successful campaign in the top flight which saw them win the league for the first time since the formation of the club.

It was their second major title after lifting the Federation Cup in 1999.