Lobi Stars of Makurdi have faulted Nigeria Football Federation, NFF for failing to follow up the club’s allegation of match fixing raised against Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the CAF Champions League.
Following the Makurdi-based side’s exit from the continental terrain in the group stage, footballlive.ng can report that the Nigerian champions believe they could have got something out of their protest.
A successful protest could have seen the Pride of Benue move into the next round by default, with Wydad probably thrown out by the continental soccer governing body, but they have served a hint that the NFF did not follow up their protest.
That much was served in a post on social media by Lobi Statrs, which pointed out that it was not in their duty to pursue their protest to a logical end, but went on to thank the government and people of Enugu State for supporting them in their home matches.
Due to CAF’s verdict that Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi had structural defects and that the city’s airport was not up to standard required to receive international teams, the club had to play their home games in nearby Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
They ended up sharing the arena with home team, Rangers International of Enugu but, while The Flying Antelopes lost twice at The Cathedral, Lobi Stars got better results and suffered only one setback in their third group game versus Wydad of Morocco.
The Nigerian champions (by default in a truncated season) then lodged a protest against the Moroccan club, but ostensibly left the duty to the NFF, which they now claim let them down in the process.
Lobi Stars stated: “We raised a match-fixing allegation against @WACofficie. However, it is not our duty to follow it up as a club.
“We remain proud of our showing in #Africa. And thanks to @RangersIntFC, government & good people of Enugu State.”