Wed, Sep



Speaking to sports writers shortly after the hotly - contested encounter at

the Pantami Stadium, Biffo said the officials comprising Imam Malik Umar,

Idris Nuhu, Abubakar Safiayanu and Shehu Saidu all from  the Kano State

Referees Council were fair, firm and in full control throughout the match.

Despite Abia Warriors 1-2 loss to hosts, Gombe United in a Nigeria

Professional Football League encounter last Wednesday, Chief Coach of the

Umuahia based side, Abdullahi Biffo has doffed his hat for the referees who

handled the match for a job well done.


"The officials were simply fantastic and had the game under control" Biffo

said insisting that his team's defeat had nothing to do with bad

officiating but rather a result of loss of concentration and a bit of hard



"I can't still believe that we lost this match. We were fully in control

and even held unto our lead until late in the game but things suddenly fell

apart. Well, that's football for you. We will now go back and correct the

mistakes to avoid a repeat in our future games " the former Niger Tornadoes

gaffer said.


During the match, Afolabi Abdulwaheed and substitute, Sani Mohammed Abbani

scored in the 79th and 85th minutes to overturn what looked like a helpless

situation for the under pressure home team after Yakub  Hammed had given

the Warriors the lead in the 62nd minute  following a good build-up that

also involved Sunday Adetunji, Sherif Bashir and Shedrack Asiegbu.