An indefinite suspension was imposed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) upon the four football teams that took part in "scandalous scorelines" after two lower-league soccer clubs chasing promotion and needing to boost their goal difference won games by 79-0 and 67-0.
The NFF called the matches a "a mind-boggling show of shame", as the Plateau United Feeders reportedly scored 72 goals in the second half, eventually beating Akurba FC 79-0, and the Police Machine FC reportedly scored 61 times against Babayaro FC in the last 45 minutes of their 67-0 game.
The teams were involved in promotion play-offs, according to the resultsof which the winners would qualify to play in Nigeria Nationwide League Division 3.
According to the NFF Director of Competitions, Mohammed Sanusi, all players, match officials and the tournament coordinator all will be investigated for match-fixing: "Anyone found to have played some role in this despicable matter would be severely dealt with."
The Chairman of the NFF Organising Committee and NFF 1st Vice President, Mike Umeh, ruled that the four teams at the epicentre of the scandal be grounded, pending further sanctions on all involved.
"It is unacceptable. This is a scandal of huge proportions. The four teams involved are suspended immediately and indefinitely, pending further sanctions. We will investigate this matter thoroughly and get to the bottom of it," a displeased Umeh said.