NNL SUPER 8: Dep. Governor Shaibu Alleges Match-Fixing, Vows To Tell All
Outspoken Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu (PICTURED) has made several stunning allegations following the controversial conclusion of the NNL Super 8 in Enugu, which promoted four clubs to the NPFL.
Shaibu alleged among other things that the promotion playoffs were fixed to favour a particular team and that he was asked to pay a bribe by the organisers for his state club Bendel Insurance to be promoted.
“The NNL is where they will be fixing matches,” the Deputy Governor alleged.
“And (Kunle) Soname (Remo Stars owner) will be calling Amaju (Pinnick, NFF President) and because of that Amaju will call them to change referees before a match.
“How can a gambler be the one to decide the fate of football in Nigeria?
“In the coming weeks, we’re going to unveil what this gambler is playing with our football in Nigeria.
“This is an NNL, where 10 points and 10 goals will be awarded to Remo to be able to qualify for the Super 8.
“Nigeria football has been turned into gambling because a gambler is sponsoring them.”
He further alleged: “They asked for money from me (to promote Bendel Insurance) and I said no, we must allow these boys to play their game.
“We’re destroying Nigeria football. If we don’t deal with this now, the likes of (Jay Jay) Okocha and (Nwankwo) Kanu, we won’t discover them in Nigeria football.”
He continued, “Before (Super 8), we already knew Remo and Shooting Stars will qualify (to NPFL) and already they are projecting two other teams for next season (to be promoted).
“The pain is that those we have given responsibility to handle (our football), they’re seeing it as business, they’re not seeing as trying to develop talent, trying to create an image for Nigeria.”
Shaibu said he is ready to be in the vanguard to change how the sport is managed in the country.
“I am ready to lead the revolution for the rules to guide our sport,” he offered.
“As far as I am alive, I will push sports, football in particular, that the rules are followed.
“We’re going to pursue them till they do the right thing.”
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