Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Eko 2012 - Security Operatives Avert Fracas At Dambe Final

The timely intervention of security operatives at the National Stadium, Lagos, venue of Dambe event at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival, yesterday prevented an almost ugly situation at the venue.

Troubled began when Segun Gbayi, the Ogun Coach openly contested the award of the event's gold medal to Akwa Ibom.

Gbayi had claimed that the 55 Kg category of the game was wrongly awarded to Akwa Ibom due to wrong judgments by the match officials.

"I am displeased with the final result of the event even though we won silver.

"I am not happy at all with the officiating. The referee turned a blind eye to the points which my fighter made consisting of punches to the head.

"The fight was rigged and it is because of unfair judgment like this that would prevent the sport from growing in this country," Gbayi said.

Both fighters had drawn in points and which led to an extra time of awarding the points to the fighter that first landed direct punch to his opponent's face.

The Akwa Ibom player was finally declared the winner as he threw a straight punch into the face of his opponent.

The Ogun contingent immediately after the match officials' decision went violent claiming that the point was to be given to their fighter because he made the punch first.

It was, however, the timely intervention of the security officers on ground that saved the situation.

John Gana, the coordinator of the event said that he was disappointed with the way the Ogun contingent displayed their anger on the matter.

Gana said that he would report the case to the Traditional Sports Federation of Nigeria and make sure that appropriate measures were taken to curb such future occurrences.

"If they are not careful, the silver would be withdrawn from them because I'm going to follow up on the matter and make sure that they are punished," he said.

Team Kano and Katsina won the category's bronze, while in the 65Kg, Plateau won the gold, Yobe, silver, while Kaduna and Lagos won bronze.

In the 75 Kg, Kebbi won gold, Kano, silver, Gombe and Jigawa the bronze while in the 85Kg, Edo won gold, Lagos, silver while Yobe and Ogun won Silver.

In the 86-100 Kg, Edo won gold, Kano, silver, while Kaduna and Lagos won Bronze.

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