Violence mar Pillars vs Rangers match as Akwa, Lobi end in stalemate

Violence mar Pillars vs Rangers match as Akwa, Lobi end in stalemate (Video)

The Nigeria Professional Football League has again experienced some form of chaos as Kano Pillars fans invaded the Agege Stadium in Lagos over ‘injustice’ meted out to their team by the center referee, Quadri Adebimpe during the game against Enugu Rangers on Monday.

The Match Day 4 of the playoff between both sides began with caution and respect with the first half ending goalless while trying to contend with the slippery surface.

However, at the restart of the second half, the match took a different direction as both sides sought to secure all points.

In the 59th minute, Pillars captain, Rabiu Ali curled in a free kick over the wall and beyond the reach of goalkeeper Opubo Japhet to open scoring.

With the game winding down, Rangers were desperate for a goal which they got via a contentious penalty kick in the dying minutes.

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Godwin Aguda stepped up and sent Ayeleso the wrong direction to level the score.

However, the fans were displeased with the stoppage-time penalty given against Pillars by the centre referee with Rabiu Ali accused of instigating the violence.

Irate fans encroached the field and were seen throwing dangerous objects as wood in a match televised live.

In the second match of the day, it was a goalless draw between Akwa United and Lobi Stars.

Meanwhile, Enyimba have overtaken Pillars at the top of the table following a 3-1 victory over IfeanyiUbah FC with 9 points.

Abdulrahman Bashir and Reuben Bala scored a brace ensured all three points for the Aba Warriors while Promise James scored for IfeanyiUbah who are rooted at the bottom without a point after four games.

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