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Gombe Pleads for Clemency



Gombe United which was slammed with sanctions by the League Management Company (LMC) in the Nigerian elite football league has embarked on internal cleansing and also plead for reduction of the N3.5 million naira fine.

A media release has it that Tanimu Umar, the club’s assistant general manager in charge of media and publicity has it that the Gombe United’s assistant team manager, Alhaji Kwairanga, has been suspended for one month, from participating in the club’s activities for one month.

Alhaji Kwairanga was slammed for inciting fans into violence in the encounter with Enugu Rangers last week.

Also, to suffer similar fate is Isa Gambo, an official of the Supporter’ Club. Another fan simply identified as Durwa, who assaulted Rangers’ goalkeeper, Fabiyi Emmanuel, is reportedly to be in detention and will be prosecuted. The media release has it that the fan has been banned indefinitely from the stadium.

The press release reported that “at the end of the match, and following the unfortunate assault on Fabiyi Emmanuel, he was taken by the club management to hospital for treatment, but he later disappeared without trace and without notifying the club.


“Based on allegations of match fixing by Fabiyi Emmanuel, a special committee of investigators, comprising of members of the management board, Police and State Security Service, is set up to investigate the allegations. “


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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