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Hoodlums threaten Nasarawa players, coach

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Premier League club Nasarawa United have threatened  to abandon their Lafia City Stadium home ground for  another venue to safeguard the lives of the players and their officials.

The warning came after some  of the  supporters  of the 2016 Federation Cup finalists allegedly  held the  coach of the team,  Kabiru Dogo, hostage and threatened to beat up some of the players  after their goalless draw with visiting  Plateau United on February 5.

The  officials of the team and the players have allegedly been living in fear as the hoodlums   continue to threaten them.

It was  learnt that the supporters were not happy with Dogo for allegedly preferring players from other states to   the ones from Nasarawa State for matches.

 

Our correspondent, who covered the match between Nasarawa and Plateau at the Lafia  City Stadium,  observed that shortly after the end of the encounter, irate supporters of the home side stormed into  the dressing room of the state-owned club to attack the coach and his players.

 

A defender  Seun Sogbeso, was  allegedly beaten up  by the hoodlums for  trying to prevent them from attacking  his coach.

 

However,  soldiers, policemen and  officials of the  Nigeria Security and Civil Defence  Corps came to the rescue of the team.

 

The Chairman  of the club,  Isaac Danladi, who expressed disappointment at the behaviour of  the supporters, said any repeat of the incident would force  the team to play their  home fixtures  outside  Lafia to protect the team from being attacked.

 

Danladi said  the management of the club had met  with the leaders of supporters’ club and that  they had promised  that  the team would no longer be attacked.

 

“The issue has  already been  taken care of,”  the football administrator told our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday.

 

“In fact, the boys that were involved in the incident were promptly arrested, but after they pleaded with the management of the club they were  released.

 

“I believe that with the agreement reached so far with the supporters’ club,  nothing like that will happen again.”

 

He  added,  “Actually at every match there is always security for both the home and away teams before and after the match. It is just that if the team is not really doing well the fans will become   aggressive.”

 

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