*Violence takes over Women football league matches
*Adamawa Queens, Osun Babes’ match abandoned
Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) has discovered her flavour for violence as more centres week after week are now centres of attack on players. This follows violence unleashed on Sunshine Queens goalkeeper, Elizabeth Johnson by suspected fans of Bayelsa Queens at the Nembe Stadium in Bayelsa State last Wednesday.
Also on the same Wednesday, the league match between hosts, Adamawa Queens FC of Yola and visiting Osun Babes FC of Oshogbo ended inconclusive following a dispute. The wave of attacks currently sweeping across the women league is worrisome to many stakeholders, who feel that the current NWPL board led by Aisah Falode may be held responsible for not sanctioning previous cases and as a result encouraging new other attacks.
The Sunshine Queens keeper, Johnson, a former Super Falcons goal tender, narrated her experience at the hands of fans at Nembe stadium on Wednesday in a telephone chat with www.gongnews.net
She quipped that “our match with Bayelsa Queens was almost ending in a goalless draw when the referee awarded a dying minute penalty to the home team. But soon after the match, which we eventually lost 0-1, some fans ran into the pitch to attack me. They hit me with an object on my face. I went down and became unconscious.
“When I regained myself, I saw blood running from the top of my nose. The only thing I could recall was that the fans were saying that I prevented Bayelsa Queens from scoring, so they had to deal with me. I am bearing stitches and heavy bandage on my face. I will have to go for a scan in the hospital as soon as we arrive Akure, ” Johnson stated.
Elizabeth Johnson, an ex-Bayelsa Queens keeper, was said to be a target after making a series of saves during the game to frustrate the home side. She saved an 83rd minute penalty from Bokiri Joy with the tie still goalless.
Bayelsa Queens eventually got a winner in the 90th minute through Aminat Yakubu, a former Sunshine Queens player from the penalty spot.
Meanwhile, another scenario at the Atiku Abubakar Stadium in Fufore, Adamawa State saw the clash between Adamawa Queens and visiting Osun Babes ending abruptly as a result of dispute that arose from the second goal credited to the home side.