Onigbinde wants VAR in NPFL after contentious ruling


By Chima Azubuike.

Doma United FC coach, Akinade Onigbinde, on Sunday called for the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee in the Nigeria Premier Football League.

He stated this in an interview with journalists after his team beat visiting Dakkada FC 1-0 at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe State.

Onigbinde, who lamented a possible goal that was not given by the referee, noted that VAR would have made the difference.

“That was a goal, it’s time to call for VAR into our football. We were supposed to make use of the advantage because the ball passed through the line; I saw the ball, it was a goal.”

Speaking on unruly fans, the coach said, “On the issue of supporters club, we are going to talk to the management to talk to them and lecture them ahead of the next match.”

Commenting on the win Onigbinde added, “This is waking up to prepare against our next match away against Wikki Tourists. It’s a morale booster; we have three points at home, four in total so we move up. Our aim is to finish second or third on the table.”

On his part, coach of Dakkada FC Danladi Umar, lamented the hostility at the venue.

He said, “My boys did well, it just didn’t go our way. However, we saw the little lapses and we will correct them and move on. The fans were very hostile.”

Forward Ugoche Emmanuel, who made his debut in the NPFL scored the goal that gave his team all three points in the 59th minute.

“This is my debut in the NPFL, we looked for the goal and it came,” Emmanuel said. “I feel very happy, my dream come through to play for the Nigeria Premier League. I wish to play on the continent, my mates are playing on the continent and they don’t have two heads.”

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