Head coach of Niger Tornadoes, Abubakar Bala, has blamed bad officiating for his side’s 2-0 loss against Plateau United, in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture in Jos.
It was their first defeat in six games at the Rwang Pam Stadium.
Bala applauded his team’s performance and urged them to shift their focus to this weekend’s clash against Gombe United.
“The referee was not fair to us. From the beginning of the game, the officiating was bad and frustrating,” Bala told Goal.
“I’m not really worried about the offside goals Plateau scored, but the terrible attacks on our players during the game were disappointing.
“The way Plateau players were kicking players were sad on the pitch with no caution from the referee.
“I’m quite shocked at how terrible they played and still on top of the log – all in the bid to win a match at all cost. This is no football.
“Sadly, the referee gave five minutes added time to the end of the first half and still did not blow the whistle until seven minutes later allowing an offside goal stand.”
He continued: “The LMC is trying to good job but all of us as stakeholders must do our own part to ensure the league progress.
“My players impressed me in Jos. They did their best and played to instructions but we lost to the frustration from the referee.
“For our next match, I’ve told my players to focus on ensuring we get back to winning ways. We won’t allow Jos defeat rue our aspirations.
“We will plan a different strategy to win at home against Gombe United.”
Niger Tornadoes are currently seventh on the table with 12 points.