It was a very disappointing day for Kano Pillars in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) 2019 Playoffs after they dropped two points and also watched their fans unleash mayhem at the Agege Soccer Temple as they lost their place at the top to Enyimba.
On a wet day at the Agege stadium, a controversial late penalty from Rangers
International was what denied Pillars all three points as they could only settle for a 1-1 draw in the first match of match day four of the Playoffs.
A beautifully taken Rabiu Ali free kick just before the hour mark seemed to have taken Kano Pillars to within a touching distance of the 2019 NPFL title only for a Godwin Aguda late penalty to snatch it away from them.
However, things took a rather dramatic and violent turn
following the penalty decision and Rangers’ subsequent equaliser as fans of Pillars began to rain dangerous weapons on one of the assistant referees.
The play was then halted for over five minutes and when it was restarted, Pillars piled on the pressure in search of the winner all to no avail.
Immediately centre referee, Adebimpe Quadri, signalled for full time, Pillars captain, Ali,
attacked the young official and despite the efforts of his teammates stop him, the veteran was uncontrollable, thereby inciting the Kano fans, who took the the pitch in their numbers in an attempt to hunt Quadri, and teach him a lesson of his life though the referee did well to escape on time.
This went on for over half an hour, as the irate fans took out their anger on those at the VIP
box, with all manner of objects hauled at them.
Ali, his teammates and Pillars coaching crew all returned to later to appeal to the visibly angry fans before the remaining two matches were played.
In the second game of the day, an uninspiring display saw Lobi Stars and Akwa United share
the spoils after a 0-0 draw.
Neither sides looked like scoring in the game, as both teams failed to take advantage of the slip up from Pillars and Rangers.