The technical Adviser of Warri Wolves, Paul Aigbogun, has advised the League Management Company (LMC) to pay more attention to officiating if they want football to grow in the country.
Aigbogun, who is not used to complaints, said he had to speak out in view of the awful level of officiating in the game between Sunshine Stars and Warri Wolves at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday which ended in favour of the hosts.
According to Aigbogun, the LMC said people should not condemn the league but with this type of officiating, one will be forced to speak out because Nigerian football will be worse for it.
The former Enyimba gaffer made reference to the red card given to Michael Egbeta who was only carrying out an instruction from the center referee to wait for a change to be made before taking a corner kick, only for the referee to give him the marching orders for time wasting.
Apart from that, the first assistant referee ignored the rules and was basically the 12th player, aiding and doing everything possible to help the Akure outfit.
“Those who know me can attest to it that I don’t complain when my team loses but it has got to that stage when we need to cry out. If LMC says we should not talk, then, they have to do something because we cannot continue like this. How can players put in everything in a game and will have nothing to show for it. Our football will be worse for it because of what we are seeing now. This is pure rubbish and the Akure team knows that the referee assisted them to win. We played better, scored first and they equalised, scored the second goal and another which hit the inside net was ignored before he allowed two offside goals.
“All stakeholders should rise up and condemn this type of officiating, ” said Aigbogun.
Meanwhile, Warri Wolves will today lock horns with Nembe City at Omoku in a re-rescheduled match and Aigbogun has urged his boys to work hard and put the defeat in Akure behind them.