The Federation Cup (now known as Aiteo Cup for sponsorship reasons) is known for its surprises and thrills, but a very bizarre moment has just been recorded, in the round of 16 of the 2017 women’s version.
The goalkeeper between the sticks for amateur side Ben Women FC, Grace Ogalabu, decided to walk away just above one hour into her team’s game against cup holders Rivers Angels because she had conceded too many goals already.
The Pride of Rivers started the wallop just after four minutes as Rufiat Sule netted the opener. The first half ended 4-0, with Omarachi Ojinma scoring twice while Sule completed her brace.
The second half began with Ogalabu yelling at and scolding the back four before her, apparently for poor defending, but a fifth goal was conceded as Amanda Mbadi netted in the 60th minute and the goaltender immediately felt she has had enough of the humiliation.
She took off her gloves and backed the outfield in a protest against her side’s poor performance. Both teams kept playing unaware the Ben Women goalkeeper had gone rogue. A penalty was awarded to Rivers Angels for a handball in the 18-yard box. Sensing a sixth goal is imminent, Ogalabu decided to leave the post and walked to the corner flag to sit there.
The Ben Women coach had to send in the substitute goalkeeper Cele Emeka, who saved the spot kick but the rebound by Ojinma was good enough to pass her for the sixth goal of the game.
The game eventually finished 9-0 in favour of River Angels, with Ojinma netting four times.
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