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Press Release: The Use of EPL Match Ball in NPFL Game - Dakkada vs Enyimba

It has come to our notice how awash the social media space has recently been with a screenshot which was taken of the opening stages of the video excerpts from the matchday seventeen fixture between Dakkada and Enyimba which was played in Uyo last Sunday, March 6.

The said screenshot appears to have been taken at the point when referee Ayeni Ridwan was just about to lift the match ball from the ball dais while he led a procession of the two sets of players out from the tunnel on to the turf.

Much hullabaloo has made of the fact that the match ball shown on the screenshot is an English Premier League (EPL) match ball whose inappropriateness for a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match is both understandable and regrettable.

For the purpose of clarification and to set the record straight, we wish to expatiate further on the incident as follows;

1. That the said ball, being one of our training balls and was situated among the balls in our ball bag, was hurriedly placed on the ball dias by a ball boy without authorization.

2. That on getting to the field, the referee noticed the error and called for a change of the match ball.

3. That the said EPL match ball was NOT the ball that was eventually used for the match as indicated by the alternative screenshot which was taken at the point of kick-off and is herewith attached.

However, we take full responsibility for this error and do hereby effusively apologize to the League Management Company (LMC) and all other related stakeholders of our domestic game for the embarrassment originated therefrom.

While we have also seen snapshots of the reported use of both CAF Confederations Cup and UEFA Champions League match balls elsewhere, some of which have the trappings of a haphazard act of photoshopping, and whereas we have been assured that official match balls for this season are on their way to all twenty NPFL clubs, we also wish to appeal to all concerned to refrain from further stoking the fire but to wholly align with the modest efforts to develop and promote the NPFL of the Shehu Dikko-led LMC which had consistently provided official match balls in each of the 2014 to 2020 seasons.


Media Manager, Dakkada FC

March 8, 2022.

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