*wants match awarded in its favour, Kada City Says they don’t have case
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The coast might not be clear for Kada City FC who are celebrating promotion to the Premier League, as rivals, Kaduna United FC has alleged that they were robbed of victory in their local derby played on Sunday by hosts Kada City.
This was expressed in a letter of protest addressed to the Chief Operating Officer, Bet9ja Nigeria National League, dated November 5, 2018.
“To our greatest surprise, the home team invited thugs (KATO da Gora) with cutlasses, knives and all sorts of dangerous weapons. The said thugs and Kada City’s supporters threatened the lives of our players, officials and worst of all, the officiating officials,” it stated.
In the letter signed by Kaduna United Secretary, Florence Yori, the team appealed for the match to be awarded to them since the home team failed to abide by the rules and regulations as directed by NNL.
They also want Kada City to be punished in accordance with the rules and regulations guiding the NNL in 2018.
“Reference to your letter dated 2bd November 2018, titled ” Request for Close Door Match Kada City FC vs Kaduna United FC” (Copy attached) we were compelled to stop or deny our supporters the privilege of watching the match as directed by the said letter.
“Considering the fact that Kada City deliberately abstained from the pre-match meeting. The State Football Association provided adequate and effective security and the police at the venue were alive to their responsibilities hence, the effective control of the situation.
“Following information that Kada City FC supporters and their thugs were allowed entry into the venue of the match, some of our supporters later came in.
“The atmosphere was tensed due to the presence of thugs and some naked personnel that the Chairman (Mr. Ekene Adams) of Kada City FC said are his personal securities,” the letter said.
Kaduna United said it was writing the letter to officially file a protest on the match which was played on Sunday November 4 at the Training Pitch A of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
But when reached to react, Media Officer of Kada City FC, Jide Bodunde dismissed their claims.
“They don’t have a genuine case. It is not a crime to miss pre match meeting. If the match officials deemed it safe to officiate the match till the 88th minute that their supporters disrupted the match, then they don’t have a case,” he said.
Bodunde said he wonders why they didn’t make available tthe front of the pre match form where security details are clearly spelt out in the documents handed out to the media.
“Even the FA will tell you that we’ve been using the civilian JTF and Civil Defence on our match days. Is the civilian JTF not recognized by law? Is kato ga gora thugs? I rest my case,” he submitted.