An Abuja based football administrator has called on the Nigeria Premier Football League organizers, the Interim Management Committee (IMC) to be at alert to ensure that all its efforts of putting together a memorable campaign is not messed by last minute illegal manouvaring by desperate clubs.
The administrator who spoke on the basis of annonimty, called on the league body to be on high alert in the remaining matches of the season as reports are going round that some clubs are willing to trade away their matches thereby bringing the league to great disrepute.
He sighted what happened sometimes in the past when a certain club administrator openly boasted that he was going to help a brother administrator’ club to escape the drop to the lower division which later earned the administrator (whose voice was recorded) a sanction from the football authority in Abuja.
“The I.M.C has to be at alert to stop any form of match fixing as the abridge league season draws to a close. They must put their monitoring team on the alert to nip in the bud any attempt to rig matches by some club administrators”,
“It is no longer news that a former club administrator was sanctioned by the NFF last season for his role in an alleged match fixing case. But it will be a plus for the I.M.C to stop any attempt to bring the league to disrepute”,
“They have to be proactive to earn the high marks at the end of the season,” the source stated.
“According to him, “thankfully, a club had announced some measures it has taken to stop rigging of matches by its players and I call on others to beam internal searchlight while the I.M.C must as a matter of urgency take a closer look at the activities of some club administrators and referees who want to do unthinkable things to get undeserved results which in the long run reduces the country’ club football ratings.”
Pressed further for specifics, our source stated, “Based on intelligence report at our disposal, there is a very high likelihood that a certain club on top of one of the groups will pay back the favor it received from one of the clubs currently battling to retain its premiership status in one of the remaining fixtures of the season. The administrator even boasted to trade a state team game in his next home game.”