Heartland and Kaduna game abandoned


The rescheduled Week 29 game of the Nigeria Premier League between Kaduna United and Heartland was suddenly called off as a result of protest by Heartland players for what they perceived to be biased officiating.

Kaduna United had taken a 2-0 lead in the first half through a penalty scored by Oliver Nsidibe and another goal Anthony Michael, in a game which they had to win to be assured of escaping relegation.

The game was however called off in the 62nd minute after Heartland players protested over a 'controversial' corner kick awarded to the home side.

Heartland officials claim that the goals scored by Kaduna United were dubious as the first was a penalty and the second was scored from an offside position. They further alleged that the home fans threw missiles at them and they had to run for their lives.

The league is already marred by unconcluded games, which resulted in the NPL board's decision to postpone the last two games of the season pending the conclusion of all outstanding games.

It’s left to be seen how the NPL board will react to this.