In a shocking incident that has sparked outrage, coach Iddrisu S. Napari of Tiyumba Ladies in Tamale is now wanted by the police after brutally assaulting a female referee during a Women’s Division Two game. The incident occurred at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium Annex 3 during a match against Soccer Missionaries Ladies last Saturday.
Coach Napari’s violent actions came in response to a decision made by referee Mohammed Sakina Nasara. After the goalkeeper picked up the ball following a back pass from a teammate, an indirect free kick was awarded against Tiyumba Ladies. Frustrated with the referee’s decision, the coach ordered his players to leave the pitch in an attempt to pressure the referee into changing her call. When she remained steadfast, he launched a vicious attack on her.
A video capturing the assault quickly went viral on social media, showing the referee in excruciating pain as a result of the coach’s actions. The incident has drawn widespread condemnation, leading the referees wing of the Northern Regional Football Association to report the matter to the police.
The Tamale Police have launched a manhunt for Coach Napari, who has been on the run since fleeing the scene of the assault. Despite two visits to his residence, the police have been unable to locate him. Sey Mubarak, a Tamale-based sports journalist, confirmed that the coach is currently evading capture. The victim, Mohammed Sakina Nasara, is receiving treatment at the Tamale Technical University Medical Hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.
This shocking incident highlights the urgent need for strict measures against violence and aggression in sports. Assaulting referees not only undermines the integrity of the game but also poses a serious threat to the safety and well-being of those involved. It is crucial for authorities to take swift action and ensure that the coach is held accountable for his reprehensible actions. Such behavior must be firmly condemned to protect the integrity and fairness of sports at all levels.