The management of the Seasiders and Omoluabi Boys have praised the Kogi-born referee for being impartial in his officiating when both sides clashed in the Federation CupWarri Wolves and Prime FC have applauded referee Ishiaku Ibrahim for impartial officiating provided when both teams met in a Federation Cup match in Lokoja.
Nigeria National League side Prime won 4-2 on penalties, edging out last year's finalist Wolves after a goalless draw after extra time in the round of 32 match at the Confluence Stadium.
Speaking to Goal, media officer of Prime FC, Tunde Shamsudeen, said victory over Warri Wolves will not have been a possibility without the evenhandedness of the match officials.
"Sincerely, we never believed we could beat Warri Wolves, being a Premier League team even though we were hopeful for an upset. But the referees gave us an open ground to exhibit our football artistry with balance officiating.
"Well, we hope that match officials continue to provide fair and unbiased officiating, then we could go on to win the Cup," Shamsudeen said.
On the other hand, Warri Wolves' media Officer Moses Etu admitted the defeat of his side was owed to their poor display and not bad officiating.
"We're responsible for our defeat. We really didn't take our chances and that is what has cost us against Prime. The referees gave us a fair game, but we are to be blamed for our exit," Etu told Goal.