NPFL: NRA’s Kosoko Sikiru Triggers Fans’ Emotions With Poor Officiating In Akure


Nigeria Football witnessed yet another abysmal officiating in Kwara United’s 1-1 home draw with Plateau United in their Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Matchday 16 clash at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday.

Issa Gata opened the scoring for the Harmony Boys in the 22nd minute while Mohammed Umar equalised for the visitors in the 57th minutes.

Perhaps one would say that the result could have been different had Centre Referee Kososko Sikiru from Lagos State had officiated according to the ethics and rules of the game.

However, he displayed a total act of mischief and unprofessional way of handling of the game as some of his decisions proved he was on an assignment to ensure that the home team doesn’t get the win.

Some of his decisions almost triggered the emotions of the Akure fans.

Kososko Sikiru waved off a glaring penalty just before halftime after striker Samad Kadiri who was through one-on-one with the goalkeeper who came out and clearly fouled the striker.

Kososko Sikiru on two occasions had awarded a penalty to Plateau United but on those two occasions the assistant referee disagreed with his judgement.

First was for a handball offence which happened outside the box and second for a foul which was against the Plateau United attacker.

Kososko Sikiru made sure he cutoff every promising attacking moves from Kwara United.

Despite all the time wasted by the visitors he would only add two minutes to the game.

The newly elected NRA President Sani Zubair, The NFF referee’s committee have a huge responsibilities of ensuring that bad eggs like Kososko Sikiru who has been to be a stooge is flushed out from the NRA.


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