Heavy rains and subsequently, a waterlogged pitch prematurely halted proceedings in the reschedu...
Heavy rains and subsequently, a waterlogged pitch prematurely halted proceedings in the rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) contest between Rivers United and Ikorodu United in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
The weather forecast before kick off indicated there would be downpour and 12 minutes before kick-off, it started raining but that did not deter proceedings after the match officials said the conditions were good enough.
Match Commissioner, Likate Bala said the decision to call of the game after the pitch became unplayable was in line with what ‘the rule says in these situations’.
“The pitch is water-logged and we cannot continue. And the rule says in these situations, we will repeat the match the next day.
“We have played 37 minutes so by tomorrow (Friday) from 8am, we will resume the rest of the match,” Bala told Rivers United Media.
Rivers United dominated for long stretches but met the Ikorodu United rear guard in an uncompromising form. Guy Kuemian’s effort off the post in the 21st minute represented the only real chance for Rivers United.
The contest will now resume from the 37th minute (when the game was stopped) on Friday, August 12 from 8am at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.