AIFL match: Samba Vs. Rangels
The Anambra Independent Football League (AIFL) rose from her general meeting Wednesday June 28, 2017 at Okpuno Headquarters blowing hot against one of the teams in the league, Rangels Football Academy for harassment of centre referee Aghasili Kenechukwu of Awka South Referees Society, in their June 27 home match against visiting Nwaudo FC of Okija at their Ekwulobia home ground.
According to the official match report submitted to the AIFL from the Anambra Football Referees Council (ARC), a player of Rangels FA assaulted the centre referee Kenechukwu after the match. “After the match, whilst we the referees were changing, Jersey 'No 12' of the home team (J.S. Park David), held me on my short with an intention to beat me up, saying that 'I deliberately awarded a penalty against them. That I was paid to make sure that Nwaudo FC win the match.' He tore my referee Short” the centre referee Kenechukwu has in his report.
The AIFL confirmed this incident from her member sent to monitor the match. The home team Rangels also admitted the player's 'gangster attitude' they put it and apologized to the AIFL for their conduct in the match. The coach of Rangels who was quizzed at the meeting pleaded for leniency and assured of better conduct subsequently. The Rangels coach also said the club has expelled the player in question J.S.Park David from Rangels Football Academy for bringing disrepute to the academy.
The AIFL in strong words condemned the Rangels incident as embarrassing to the league that had not witnessed any incident eleven weeks running. The AIFL then mandated Rangels Academy to replace the assaulted Referees Uniform by paying a fine of Ten Thousand Naira to the referee before their next home game July 7, 2017. The team was also banished from their Ekwulobia home for one match considering their admission of guilt and promise of good conduct. The player J.S. Park David was also expelled from the AIFL for unsporting conduct. The AIFL further decided to officially apologize to the Anambra Referees Council and the Anambra Football Association to tamper justice with mercy by not apportioning more punishment to Rangels Academy.
Responding, the Manager of the club Mr Ebuka Dimude, said the club willingly accepted the AIFL decisions and enjoined everybody including officials to work towards the upliftment of the AIFL that has brought better prospect to Anambra football.
The Football league in the meeting approved admitting only six teams for the next season starting October 2017. Their play-offs were fixed for September 2017. The chairman of AIFL, Rev Fr Coach Obinna Dike announced that already over 20 teams had declared interest to join the league. Interested teams were advised to follow the play-offs guidelines already advertised. Deadline for registration was fixed for July 31, 2017.
The League also fixed the final game of the season 1 at the FC Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium Nnewi in August or Septmber. The event would also serve as the trophy and award ceremony for the league. The meeting also chose to retain Fridays as her unique match days for the season 2. It also announced having accelerated discussions with would-be-sponsors, as it appealed for more sponsors to maximize their gains by partnering the league. The league has over 500 licensed players with over 20 players due for contracts abroad.