The mild celebrations that greeted the slim 2-1 win recorded by one of Nigeria’s CAF Confederation campaigners Nasarawa United has been punctured following allegations of bribery against the Nigeria Premier League side.
The match commissioner for Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round, first leg game, Andy Kome, has given indications that a full-fledged investigation might be launched having noticed what he termed bias officiating by the match referee and his assistants.
Aside a flury of supposed wrong calls, Nasarawa United needed a late penalty before they could get a 2-1 win over AS Academie Generation Foot of Senegal and that did not go down well with the Liberian match commissioner.
“It is shameful and they (referees) cannot behave like that,” Kome told Goal. “The penalty was really cheap and it wasn’t good at all.
“He (center referee) was telling the Senegalese players that ‘if the ball hits your hand, it is a penalty’ and he was telling the Nasarawa players to go down inside the box in order for them to get a penalty.
“This is really shameful, this is a bribe and it is a shame it has gone like this. This is really shameful,” he said.
Centre referee, Niya Amadou, from Mauritania pointed to the spot in controversial fashion late on with the game tied at 1-1, which Seun Sogbeso converted to hand the Solid Miners a narrow win against their less fancied opponents.
However,in a chat with PREMIUM TIMES, the Coach of Nasarawa United, Kabiru Dogo, said allegations of bribing officials was unfounded and he would not be drag into such controversy.
According to the coach, keeping the slim win and progressing to the next phase of the competition is the main focus for him and his team.
“We will would not allow anybody to distract us or derail us from our ambition, what is uppermost for us now is to get the result that will qualify us for the next round and also start well in the league, videos of the game (played on Sunday) is available for anybody that feels the referes were biased to watch themselves,” Dogo said.
No Nigerian team has ever won the CAF Confederation Cup in its present format and hopes are on Akwa United and Nasarawa United to rewrite history this season.