The Nationwide League One has handed a two-year ban from all football-related matters to one of the coaches of Cofine FC Remmy Amadi for alleged match-fixing.
In addition, Cofine FC have been fined N500, 000, with the results of all the matches they have played so far at the Calabar centre of the NLO Division 1 playoff cancelled.
In a recorded telephone conversation (largely in Igbo), Amadi was heard trying to negotiate the outcome of their match against Bussdor United – who were practically out of contention for a promotion ticket after losing their first four matches – with head coach of the Owerri-based side Emeka Okoronkwo.
Winners of the round-robin playoffs at the Calabar centre will face the top team from the Port Harcourt zone for a place in the second-tier Nigeria National League (NNL).
Before the cancellation of their results, Ikot Ekpene-based Cofine FC led the standings at the Calabar centre, and Amadi was hoping Bussdor Utd could do them a favour to seal top spot.
In a statement signed by its Chief Operating Officer Olushola Ogunnowo, the NLO said “this is an interim decision and shall be forwarded to the NFF integrity/match-Fixing Unit for further sanctions as the unit deemed fit”.