Friday, March 24, 2023

Coach alleges bias officiating as Lobi Stars wallop Bayelsa United at home

“Even though Lobi Stars scored clean goals, the officiating has a lot of question marks as one side was favoured above the other.”

• January 29, 2023
Bayelsa United Manager, Diepreye Teibowei
Bayelsa United coach, Diepreye Teibowei

Dipreye Teibowei, the Bayelsa United Head Coach, on Sunday in Jos, expressed reservations with the officiating of his side’s Match Day 4 fixture against hosts Lobi Stars of Makurdi.

Teibowei, immediately after they lost 0-3 in the 2022/2023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Group B game, stated that there were question marks against the match’s officiating.

“Even though Lobi Stars scored clean goals, the officiating has a lot of question marks as one side was favoured above the other.

“How can you say you want to improve the standard of the league and the referees are still officiating this way?” He asked.

The coach said the league would not get better if officiating did not improve.

“If we continue like this, our standard will never improve,” he stated..

Lobi Stars were dominant against the Yenagoa-based visitors in the match played at Zaria Road Stadium in Jos.

None of the clubs was able to outwit the other in the first half which ended goalless.

The breakthrough, however, came for the hosts in the 67th minute when Kumaga Suur scored to give them the lead, before making it a brace for himself in the 77th minute.

The match was put beyond the Bayelsa United’s reach when Abba Umar scored from 25 yards to make it 3-0 in the 84th minute.

Lobi Stars’ Chief Coach, Baba Ganaru, later expressed happiness that his side achieved their target which was to grab the maximum points from the fixture.

Ganaru said that his young side was gradually adapting to his philosophy which is anchored on discipline and character.

“In the first half, the boys were jittery and slightly disorganised. But after I spoke with them during the break, they were more focused, patient and more direct in the second half.

“Their patience and resilience paid off and the much-needed goals came,” he said.

Lobi Stars currently play their home matches in Jos, after the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi did not meet up with NPFL standards for the 2022/2023 league season.


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and Air Nigeria


Buhari regime assures Nigeria Air will fly before May 29

Mr Sirika said the national carrier would create numerous jobs and better opportunities in the industry when fully established.



Court sentences four to death by hanging for kidnapping, armed robbery

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo held that the prosecution proved the charges of conspiracy, robbery and kidnapping against the convicts beyond all reasonable doubt.

Naira and Dollar


Naira weakens further at I&E window, exchanges at 469.50 per dollar

The rate represented a decrease of 0.04 per cent compared to the N461.50 for which it exchanged to the dollar on Wednesday.

Iyorcha Ayu


PDP names caretaker committee for Katsina chapter after sacking SWC

Mr Ologunagba said that the committee was expected to run the affairs of the party in the state for a period not exceeding 90 days.

Iyorchia Ayu and Ayo Fayose


My suspension is Ayu’s “last kick of a dead horse”: Fayose

He said in a matter of days, the “inglorious tenure” of Mr Ayu as national chairman of PDP will become history and the party will enjoy a new lease of life.

Oby Ezekwesili


Keyamo: Oby Ezekwesili warns Buhari regime against arresting Obi, Datti

Mrs Ezekwesili warned the Buhari regime and SSS against actioning Mr Keyamo’s “foolish ideas.”