Drama In Nigerian Premier League As Fans Invade Pitch, Match Abandoned After Late Penalty Call


The Rangers vs Enyimba game has been abandoned following a late penalty call in favour of the Flying Antelopes in a Week 35 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) match.

Sunday’s game tagged the Oriental Derby was a title decider with Rangers topping the league standings (60 points) and Enyimba trailing them by two points.

Fans had trooped out en masse for the fiercely contested encounter and all was going well. However, with the game tied goalless, the referee pointed to the spot late in the game, awarding Rangers a penalty.

That decision did not go well with Enyimba players who protested the decision. While efforts were made to resume play, the game turned chaotic when some fans invaded the pitch, disrupting the highly-anticipated match.

Just like the reverse fixture in Aba ended in a draw, both sides were unable to breach each other’s defences until the drama, leaving the title race as it were with Rangers still in the lead with 62 points while Enyimba followed with 60 points.

The result will be potentially damaging for either side, depending on the decision of the league board and how they fare in their last three rounds of matches.

Earlier, third-placed Remo Stars suffered another setback in the title race, no thanks to a 3-2 defeat in the hands of Lobi Stars in Lafia, leaving them three points behind leaders Enugu Rangers.

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