The game of football is generally regarded as biggest money spinner in the world of sports worldwide with a fan base exceeding more than 5 billion globally. The game which has grown in popularity with the staging of the first World Cup in 1930 has remained a major source of joy and excitement in virtually all homes across Nigeria. The game can however become a source of nightmare to fans and other stakeholders when things are not properly implemented. There are three major factors that will be considered in this article:

Match-fixing
Match-fixing is a process whereby match officials connive with referees to influence the result of a match before it is being played. This negative trend has been reported in China, Brazil, England, Nigeria, Ghana, Italy and France. It is a bug which has eaten so deep into the fabric of football globally.

In the 2009 Nigerian Premier League season, relegation-threatened Zamfara United trashed fellow northern club Kaduna United 9-0 in the most bizarre result ever seen in the Premier League. Coincidentally, it was the last match of the season UFABET สามารถทำเงิน and the result meant that Zamfara United survived the drop. Allegations of match-fixing were tabled before the Nigeria Football Association, but nothing tangible was done.

Bad officiating
The match officials are the final authority in the game of football globally. They determine the winner or loser of a game via the use of their flags, cards and whistle. The referee as an arbiter is expected to be neutral, honest and fair to both teams involved in a football contest. The contrary is however the case in some matches played across the club, as some match officials have being known to collect bribe to influence matches.

In some cases, dubious penalties are awarded to the favored team in the dying seconds of the match to ensure that the host team wins the match. This attitude has led to serious investigations and violence among fans and players affected. There have been cases where genuine goals are scored and deliberately ruled offside in the full glare of the public.