Heartland FC forward Victor Makalala has lamented his side’s 2-1 loss to Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi in their mathday 33 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter noting it was not a fair result.
The former Warri Wolves striker criticised the performance of the center referee Marwan Bala from Sokoto State for his controversial decisions that were in favour of Lobi Stars in the game played at the Aper Aku Stadium Makurdi, Benue State on Sunday.
SportingLife reports that the game was played for more than 112 minutes; with two penalties awarded against the visitors and two red cards for their players in the (90+6’ and 90+22’) respectively.
Makalala said he and his colleagues played very well but the scoreline wasn’t the true reflection of how the game was played.
“Everybody at the stadium saw what the referee did to us. The match wasn’t a fair game. Nigeria league needs to improve. The referees are not helping in adding value to the NPFL. We played 90 minutes plus 22 minutes added time with hard labour,” Makalala regretted
He added: “We played very well, but LMC should do something about the Nigeria league referees if we must improve in our league.
It was very obvious that the referees assisted Lobi Stars for their victory. The game lasted more than 112 minutes. The referee gave Lobi Stars two unreasonable penalties; they lost the first penalty in first half and he gave them another penalty in the second half which they scored. Their last goal was so controversial as well. Even some of the Lobi Stars fans were against most of the decisions of the referees.
“My team played very well. We will go back home and continue from where we stopped. We need to get out of where we are in the league. We are going to keep fighting until we get out of the danger zone.”
The result moved Lobi Stars out of the relegation zone and currently occupy 14th position on the log with 40 points while Heartland are still remain 19th position.