Poor Officiating and Organisation Mars DFA Cup Finale with Men’s Final Abandoned with Scores Level at 1-1

June 25 04:39 2021

The much awaited 2021 Delta State FA Cup final between J Atete FC and Warri Wolves FC turned out to be a show of shame, irregularity and conspiracy between officials of the State FA and Warri Wolves FC.

Unlike earlier announced, the match venue was abruptly changed from the Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba to the Austin J J Okocha stadium, Ogwashi-Uku, with the pre-match meeting surprisingly still holding in Asaba, with officials of J Atete kept in the dark.

After much delay, the game started by 5:00 pm, 2 hours behind schedule, with Warri Wolves dictating proceedings but failing to convert the chances created.

However, J Atete FC came alive later on in the half as captain, Shemaye Amatesiro, half volley flew inches over the bar.

Their persistence paid off in the dying stages of the first half as a long ball from the defence was flicked on by Harrison Obakpovwoma to Godstime Edewor who beat the on rushing Wolves goalkeeper with a delicate lob to give his side a 1 nil lead that stunned the NPFL side and their numerous supporters.

During the halftime break, Chairman of Warri Wolves FC, Moses Etu, was seen threatening the DFA Vice Chairman, Steve Cole, to stab anyone who tried to stop his team from recording a win as he accused the FA of trying to make him lose his job as Wolves Chaiman.

The DFA Chairman, Ken Nwamoucha, was also pictured having a lengthy conversation with the Technical Crew of Warri Wolves and the Match Officials just before the commencement of the 2nd half.

Their deliberation seem to yield result as the Centre Referee started making dodgy calls in favour of the State owned team.

What was meant to be a J Atete goal kick was surprisingly awarded as a corner and Warri Wolves subsequently scored from the play.

The match took another twist when a free kick by J Atete FC was handled in the box by a Wolves player with the officials turning a blind eye to the incident.

The call apparently infuriated J Atete FC Chairman, Julius Atete, who asked his boys to leave the pitch for the sidelines then returned back.

After much debate between the DFA and the officials, the Centre Referee blew the final whistle at about 6:30 pm with no decision re

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