Football: Life ban for Nigerians in match-fixing scandal

LAGOS (AFP) - Players and officials of four Nigerian amateur clubs involved in two promotion play-off games that produced farcical 79-0 and 67-0 scorelines have been banned for life.

A Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) committee investigating the results also recommended that the match officials in the two matches should be given life bans.

All four clubs, Plateau United Feeders, Akurba FC, Bubayaro FC and Police Machine FC, have been banned from the game for 10 years.

"The NFF have accepted the recommendations and they would be communicated to the clubs, the state FA's, CAF and FIFA," the NFF announced.

"We will publish all the names of players and officials with their photographs and details."

In promotion play-offs from the Nigeria Nationwide League, the lowest tier of Nigeria domestic League, Plateau United Feeders beat Akurba FC 79-0, while Police Machine FC demolished Bubayaro FC 67-0.

The teams were competing for a place in Nigeria Nationwide League Division 3.

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