While the nation’s female footballers continue to make Nigerians proud with Super Falcons forward, Oshoala emerging BBC’s women footballer of the year, a Nigerian male footballer has brought shame and disgrace to his country by assaulting an official during a match.
A Nigerian goalkeeper has been banned for a year for spitting at an assistant referee during an African Confederation Cup match.
The spitting incident happened in Nigerian club Warri Wolves’ 1-0 win at FC MK of Congo on May 1, when Rhiogbere was also sent off.
In other disciplinary decisions announced by the African football body on Tuesday, Mali’s Onze Createurs was fined $20,000 for its fans throwing missiles onto the field in a Confederation Cup game against Ivory Coast’s ASEC Mimosas.
The game had to be stopped and police intervened to disperse the crowd.