"Police Machine FC Not Involved in Football Scandal" - Nigerian Police

"Police Machine FC Not Involved in Football Scandal" - Nigerian Police

The Nigerian Police have denied having any ties with the football club which is a part of unreal 79-0 and 67-0 scorelines scandal. The new chapter was added to the story just as football world is waiting for Nigeria to reveal those behind the scandalous event.

It would be recalled that the 79-0 and 67-0 scorelines were recorded in two matches of the amateur League play-offs. Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine figured they needed a big win in the final round at an amateur tournament to outdo the other and earn promotion to Nigeria's professional football leagues.

Plateau United scored a whopping 79 goals to nil against Akurba FC while Police Machines scored yet another cricket score of 67-0 over Bubayaro FC.

"The team that is involved in that fantasy scoreline is not Police Machine Team. The Police Machine team is a brand name for the Police team. The one you people are referring as Police Machine team are Police FC from Yola. It is a rag-tag team in the state and cannot be said to be the Police Machine team", CSP Frank Mba, the deputy Force Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, disclosed.

Speaking about the ongoing investigation of the alleged match fixing by the amateur teams during their play offs, he had this to say:

"The Police Machine team are actually topping their Nationwide League in Abuja and cannot be said to be involved in this basketful of goals.

"All the same, the Police have initiated investigation on our own without waiting for anyone. But our investigation is limited because there are certain technical areas we cannot go into.

"Our Inspector General, M. D. Abubakar is a passionate sports man and was highly involved in football. He talks, sleeps and dreams football and as such has directed the DIG and Commissioner of Police in the zone to look into the matter.

"We really want to understand what happened because we are very uncomfortable with the scoreline. We want to also see if all the people in the Police team are police men.

"If they are, it makes it easy for discipline. It is possible that as a rag-tag team, they can recruit people from here and there. For the IGP, anyone involved in bringing the beautiful game of football into disrepute will not go un-punished", Mba said.

The Nigeria Football Federation termed the scores "mind-boggling" while promising to bring the offenders to book.

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