The Organizing and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has orderd Gateway United Football Club of Abeokuta to pay a N1million fine, for refusing to play their Nigeria National League (NNL) Match Day 14 fixture with ABS Ilorin on Sunday.

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They have also asked for the match to be replayed at the same Kwara State Stadium on November 9, behind closed doors.

The game was initially decided as a walkover in ABS favour .


Gateway occupied the top position in Group B2 before Sunday’s final day fixtures on goal difference, tied on 21 points with ABS.

However, the visiting team refused to play, citing security lapses. After the mandatory 30-minute wait, centre referee Hamza Garba from Kano blew his whistle, confirming a walkover.

At their meeting in Abuja on Thursday, the committee slammed ABS for increasing tickets to between N10,000 and N15,000 and warned Ogun State Commissioner for Sports, Afolabi Afuape, over his conduct.

The winner of the rescheduled game, will win the promotion ticket from the NNL B2 amd play in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) next season.