Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) side Shooting Stars of Ibadan have been ordered to pay a fine of 500 000 Naira plus their goalkeeper Auwal Mohammed banned from football for a year for peeing at the center of the Leekan Salami stadium before kickoff of their match day nine fixture.
The decision was communicated to the club last weekend in response to social media criticism after the player undressed to pee in front of the fans as a part of the common superstitious practices in African football.
The game ended on a 2-2 score, but Auwal Mohamed took the shine from the four-goal thriller as many criticize him for the act.
The NPFL has responded by sanctioning the club and the player as part of their own efforts to eradicate such events.
Auwal has stopped training with the Ibadan boys as he battles to get a smaller punishment from the act.
Auwal will only return to football in 2024. However, the keeper has appealed against the ban and his entourage confident he could have new feedback from the litigation bodies.
The event is one of many similar these days in Nigerian football and to a larger extent on the continent.
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