Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lobi Stars, Wikki Lead Bad Boys’ Stats

Two clubs in the lower half of the Premier League log, Lobi Stars and Wikki Tourist, have emerged as the sides with the highest number of cautions and expulsion in this season’s campaign.
According to a statement sent to by the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), a total of 719 yellow cards have been issued out to all 20 Premier League clubs after Week 29 matches.
The centres referees officiating in the top-flight division have also used their red cards 46 times since the start of the season last September.
Of the 719 yellow cards issued out in Premier League games till Week 29 matches last weekend, Lobi Stars accounts for 53 while Wikki Tourist follows in second place with 28.
However, the undisciplined attitude of Lobi Stars and Wikki Tourist has seen both sides having six and five red cards respectively appended to their statistics for the season so far.
Lobi Stars’ poor disciplinary record does not come as a surprise, as four of its players are currently serving a one-year ban each for assaulting match officials during a league game against Enyimba at the Aper Aku Stadium in the month of March.
The players under one year suspension are Blessing Okardi, Son Hingir, John George, and Zango Umar.
The suspension of the quartet would elapse on March 11, 2011.
Chief Executive of Lobi Stars, Dominic Iorfa, expressed concern about the poor disciplinary record of his side this season and assured that the club is working on that.
“We are aware of this problem and we are working hard to tackle it. At times as footballers, you get carried away over a decision that doesn’t favour you and end up being sanctioned. But we will solve that problem by educating our players. But football is a contact sport and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop getting yellow cards or red card,” he said.
In a related development, a total of 553 goals have been scored so far after match-day 29 of this term’s campaign.

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