OT: Nigerian Soccer: Plateau United wins promotion over Police Machine FC

Submitted by Creedence Tapes on July 24th, 2013 at 3:31 PM

With promotion to the lowest tier of the Nigerian Nationwide League Division on the line, two soccer clubs — Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine FC  — needed to win their respective games by the largest possible goal difference. By halftime, each game was close: Plateau United led its game 7-0 against Akurba FC, while Police Machine led 6-0 over Bubayaro FC, according to the BBC. With officials keeping an eye on the scores around the league, the second half devolved into a farce. Police Machine scored 61 times in the second half to win 67-0, but Plateau United scored 72 goals in the 45-minute second half to earn promotion.


The astronomic scorelines prompted an immediate investigation by the Nigerian Football Federation, and a severe punishment was levied Monday. All players and coaches from each of the four clubs have been banned from the game for life, and each club faces a 10-year ban from playing in a domestic league. The NFF also recommended banning each of the match referees involved.



This is really too bad, because Police Machine FC is the best soccer team name ever.



July 24th, 2013 at 3:50 PM ^

I laid the $1,000,000 I am getting from the Nigerian Prince who was emailing me on Police Machine FC at minus 65 and they covered.


What a day!  Whatta country

Creedence Tapes

July 24th, 2013 at 5:02 PM ^

Well, according to article 6 section 15C of the FIFA rules book, "The team scoring the greater number of goals during a match is the winner. If both teams score an equal number of goals, or if no goals are scored, the match is drawn. If any team scores more than 2 goals in a half, both teams will be disqualified and suspended for scoring too many goals"


July 24th, 2013 at 5:45 PM ^

I think is obvious that the winning teams paid perhaps both referees and rival tams, one thing is to score say 20 goals on a game, but 70 in half a game? that's one every 40 seconds, some celebrations take more time than that.... 


July 24th, 2013 at 9:34 PM ^

Clearly the weaker teams knew what they were getting into in the second half. Unless there is proof of bribery or some other disincentive to competition I cannot support a lifetime ban for all four teams and coaches.


July 25th, 2013 at 12:05 AM ^

I hope my Nigerian prince friend isn't involved in this fraud. He emailed me the other day about helping him get some money out of a Swiss bank account. I hope this business transaction goes swimmingly.