Nigeria Premier League club Plateau United have complied with the directive of the Nigeria Football Federation to disengage Victor Wikadson.
Wikadson was handed a life ban from all football-related activities following a match-fixing scandal that saw outrageous scoreline in 2013 Nigeria Nationwide League play-off.
Plateau United Feeders, Akurba United FC of Lafia, Police Machine FC of Yola and Bubayero FC of Gombe were involved in unimaginable score lines of 67-0 and 79-0, and the Nigeria Football Federation set up a panel that recommended that players, team officials and match officials involved in the shameful events be banned for life from the game.
The letter signed by NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, on Tuesday instructed the Plateau State Football Association to ensure that the ban is enforced. The reminder became necessary in view of the move by NPFL side, Plateau United FC on Monday to appoint Victor Wikadson as new Head Coach.
From Plateau United Feeders, 18 players and seven team officials were axed. Fifteen players and three team officials of Akurba United were banned, alongside 18 players and five team officials of Police Machine FC and 16 players and three team officials of Bubayero FC of Gombe.
“He is on his way back home as I speak with you. We have acted on the directive from the NFF and he is coming back to Jos and won’t have any role to play in our match against Heartland in Owerri,” media officer Albert Dakup told Goal.
“He was only acting as a stop gap before a new technical adviser will be named after the next two matches but the directive from the NFF is too strong to be ignored and we have acted on it.”