The Nigeria Football Federation NFF have rejected the appointment of coach Victor Wikadson for ...
The Nigeria Football Federation NFF have rejected the appointment of coach Victor Wikadson for the Plateau United vacant managerial seat following the dismissal of Zakary Baraje on Monday.
Baraje who last worked with Akwa United before joining the Jos-based side was among other things accused of running a one man show and the fact that results were no longer going the way of the former Enyimba gaffer also contributed to his sacking.
A statement by the club’s Media Officer Albert Dakup had confirmed the appointment of Wickadason as a temporary replacement for Baraje but the NFFF on Tuesday wrote to remind Plateau State Football Association that the ban placed on some football players and officials following a couple of scandalous results in the 2013 Play-Off matches of the Nigeria Nationwide League, in Bauchi Centre, is still in force.
In results that attracted global alarm and condemnation, Plateau United Feeders, Akurba United FC of Lafia, Police Machine FC of Yola and Bubayero FC of Gombe were involved in unimaginable scorelines of 76-0 and 89-0, and the Nigeria Football Federation set up a panel that recommended that players, team officials and match officials involved in the shameful events be banned for life from the game.
From Plateau United Feeders, 18 players and seven team officials were axed. Fifteen players and three team officials of Akurba United were banned, alongside 18 players and five team officials of Police Machine FC and 16 players and three team officials of Bubayero FC of Gombe.
For record purposes, the NFF listed the banned players and match officials of Plateau United Feeders FC as: Kenneth Ilo, Jacob Bulus, Emmanuel Mathew, Ezekiel Damiri, Paul Danjuma,Mathew Luka, Tenton Yamen, Katura Christopher, Kika James, John David, Ugochukwu Kingsley, Safiyanu Idris, Daform Pam, Alexanda Longs, Joseph Dokatri, Laila Ibrahim, Sani Mohammed and Solomon Effom. Officials: Victor Wikadson (Chief Coach).
The letter signed by NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, on Tuesday instructed the Plateau State Football Association to ensure that the ban is enforced in its domain. The reminder became necessary in view of the move by Plateau United FC on Monday to appoint Victor Wikadson as new Head Coach.