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
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.
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