NPFL: Maikaba blames Kano Pillars defeat on poor officiating

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By Reliance Udoenyin


Head Coach of Plateau United Abdul Maikaba has blamed his team's Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) mid-week loss to Kano Pillars on Poor Officiating. 



Kano Pillars, courtesy of Rabiu Ali's 12th minute penalty, pip Plateau United 1-0 in a battle of two former champions at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.



In an exclusive interview with Reliance Udoenyin of Today FM, the former Akwa United boss lamented over what he described as poor officiating, adding that the Pillars' penalty was undeserved.



He said; "Nothing was wrong with my team.

It's only the officiating that was wrong. There was an underserved penalty from the referee that gave Pillars the win, a team that didn't have one single shot on target. [His calls] encouraged them to win the game. We got a clear penalty which he decided not to give us. I'm just not happy with the officiating. For the first time in this league I've seen officiating that is so poor. It's not encouraging in Nigeria Football. 



While ruing missed chances, Maikaba who won AITEO Cup with Akwa United in 2017 expressed satisfaction over his team's performance on the evening.


"My boys performed so well. The only Area I think we need to improve will be on converting our chances. We got the chances first half. We would've buried the game that time. But that doesn't mean the referee should give an undue advantage to home team," he concluded. 



Plateau United are currently 13th on the NPFL standings with 4 points from 4 Matches. 




The team will next host Adamawa United in a matchday 5 encounter on the 17th of January, 2021.

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