Sharks Football Club of Port Harcourt and their garden City rivals, Dolphins enjoyed much hype before weekend’s Glo Nigeria Premier League, NPL, match but both teams ended the encounter goalless at the end of proceedings.
Former Sunshine Stars forward, Ibrahim Ajani thought he had scored for his new club, Sharks, but the assistant referee’s flag was up long before the ball was hit.
Sharks’ Gabriel Olalekan was taken off injured and Dolphins Victor Alegbe got sent off in the second half and these characterized how severe the game was at the Sharks FC Stadium.
Dolphins also had their chances but profligacy on the part of Ebube Okpokwu, Emem Eduok and Tasiu Lawal but at the end of it all no goal was scored.
Sharks head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote was a very bitter man after the game and questioned the competence of the referee.
“The referee killed the game and I think he should not even be allowed to watch football anymore. Refereeing is a hobby for him but this is my profession and he wants to kill it.
“There is no goal as beautiful as the one Ajani scored by the referee just disallowed it without a reason”, Ogunbote said.
Dolphins captain, Sunday Rotimi was happy with the point. He described Sharks as a good side but said Dolphins will achieve their preseason ambitions.
“We will play on the continent next season. We are working towards that and we will do that”, Rotimi said.