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NPFL: Oriental Derby Ends in Disappointing Walkout

Oriental Derby 09.06.24 ⓒElegbete TV

The week 35 star match of the  Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) between Rangers International of Enugu and Enyimba of Aba was abandoned by the visitors at 0-0 on Sunday.

The Oriental derby, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, ended after Rangers was awarded a penalty in the 107th minute of play.

Eyimba players protested the penalty and when the center referee stood his ground, The People’s Elephantswalked out of the pitch and refused to come back.

After waiting for Enyimba players to return, the referee positioned the ball at the spot only for some spectators, suspected to be Enyimba fans, to throw objects onto the field.

The fans overpowered the stadium stewards and invaded the pitch, bringing the game to an abrupt goalless end.

The 25,000-capacity Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium was overcrowded with about 40,000 spectators.

Here are the results of the other NPFL Match Day 35 matches played on Saturday and Sunday:

Lobi Stars FC              3-2 Remo Stars FC
Abia Warriors FC        0
-0 Bendel Insurance FC
Heartland FC              3-1 Doma United FC
Bayelsa United FC     2-2 Sporting Lagos FC
Rivers United FC        1-0 Shooting Stars FC
Sunshine Stars FC     2-0 Akwa United FC

Katsina United FC      4-0 Gombe United FC
Plateau United FC      2-0 Kwara United FC
Kano Pillars FC          1-1 Niger Tornadoes FC


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