Amidst continual grievances accrued from the awful officiating observed between TCCG FC versus Sapphire FC on the 1st of May 2022, the management of TCCG FC has heightened their criticism with an explicit video to substantiate their claim.
The video clip forwarded to the headquarters of the Nationwide league one for further investigation showed how the referee mishandled the 2nd half of the game which eventually saw the visiting team defeating TCCG FC by 2 goals to 1 at the Strong Tower pitch.
Seeing nothing visible to warrant the penalty play that decided the game, Bishop Festus Otunsanya (founder, TCCG FC), dispatched the video across to NLO executives to which he has since gotten a reply.
According to the youngest Bishop, His squad has been begged to remain patient for the administration to deliver an arbiter for the unfair treatment.
He also added that the executive has called out the referee’s unprofessional blunder which will warrant an immediate suspension eventually.
Bishop Otunsanya continued, “Mr Sola (NLO’s DG) watched the video and agreed with us that the play never merited any penalty shootout as was called by the umpire, acknowledging that the referee made a serious mistake”
“Subsequently, Mr Sola averred that the league is trying its utmost best to ensure that errors of such magnitude are avoided to safeguard the reputation of the league”
However, the Bishop further called on football Administrators, Managers, Coaches and lovers of the sport to pay close attention to all the inadequacies happening to the game in Nigeria.
“Bribery and corruption has eaten deep into the fabric of our football system, we are bored of spending money to get good players, employing capable coaches, spending huge amount of money to improve the standard of our football team, while few people come in to decide the outcome of the matches after been bribed and manipulated”
“This video is a good example of what we’re facing during games, even when the line-man raised his flag for a goal kick, the referee still blew the whistle for a penalty against the Home team (TCCG FC)”
“Such acts of misconduct should not be tolerated because this is not the kind of football system we are praying to engage our strength and finances on” Bishop Otunsanya concluded