By Olanrewaju Akojede
The club friendly match between Lagos-based MFM FC and Bet9ja Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Ogbomosho-based Crown FC has ended in a stalemate.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the the friendly match played at the football pitch of Mountain Top University ended at 88th minutes due to controversial penalty awarded to MFM FC.
In the first half, Crown FC was already leading 2-1 courtesy Adeyeye Adeyemi, who had a brace through spot kick 2-1, while Aliyu Mohammed pulled one back for MFM FC.
Crown FC second half substitute, Sunday Odudu scored another goal to put the scoreline at 3-1, while MFM got another penalty to reduce the scoreline to 3-2.
MFM had a chance to level up after the referee pointed to the spot to the chagrin of the visiting team which protested the decision which led to the abrupt end of the match.
In his reaction to the ill-fated match, the Media Officer of Crown FC, Olawale Alabi, said the penalty awarded to the home team was a fraud.
“We were leading by 3-1, but the whole issue started when Coach Ilechukwu, went down to tell the linesman they mustn’t lose the match.
“My masseur is my witness, the officiating suddenly changed, their third goal, a penalty, was awarded in the 49th minute in second half to make it 3-3.
“A kick touched our player’s lap and the referee signaled another penalty at 98 minutes of play. Coach Ilechukwu himself wasn’t happy with the development at all.
“The spectators came on the field and angrily showed their displeasure,” he said.
Also, MFM FC Media Officer, Olawale Quadri, said that the proble was causemd by poor officiating.
“The real problem is with officiating. The match officials were not in control of the game.
“Crown FC had two soft penalties in the first half, which gave them the lead without any fuse, but when it was the time for my team, it became controversial.