Shooting Stars of Ibadan on Saturday secured another vital away point after they forced a 1-1 draw with host, FC Taraba, at the latter’s newly adopted home ground at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, Benue State.
Sadly, the only Nigeria Premier League game on Saturday ended on a sour note as an account given by the Shooting Stars Media Officer, Jubril Arowolo, indicated that the centre referee from Niger State, Bala Mohammed, who handled the Week 14 match, was attacked by disgruntled fans shortly after the game on his way to the dressing room.
“Some pockets of home fans had waylaid him (the referee), arguing that he should not have picked the foul that resulted in 3sc equalizer in the 86 minutes of the game!” Arowolo wrote on his Facebook page shortly after the match in Makurdi.
“They descended on him with hot blows before slamming a big cooling box on his head, wrestled him on the ground while he managed to run back to the track and was rescued by the security operatives who carried him through the other gate!
“This incident stunned the other referees who ran back to the pitch for safety. However,the officials of Taraba FC led by ex-international, Tijani Babangida who arrived the stadium towards the end of the game, were trying to put the situation under control when we left the stadium,” he concluded.
In the game proper, Substitute Muyiwa Lawal was the hero for the Oluyole Warriors as he converted a direct free kick from the edge of FC Taraba’s box with barely three minutes left in the match. The host had shot into the lead on the hour mark courtesy of a goal from the boots of Boris Konan. While FC Taraba thought they had done enough for the maximum points, Shooting Stars broke their hearts with the late leveller.
By implications,3SC has picked their third away point and have extended their unbeaten run to four consecutive games . The Coach Gbenga Ogunbote tutored side now have 14 points from as many games.
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