Club owners are the problem of Nigeria league – Former Plateau United goalkeeper declares

Club owners are the problem of Nigeria league – Former Plateau United goalkeeper declares
December 26 17:22 2018 Print This Article

Former Plateau United goal keeper,Okiemute Odah who now plies his trade with Saudi Arabia club, Jedda Fc has singled out the Chairmen of Nigeria professional clubs as the problem of Nigeria players in the league.

Okiemute revealed to all the way from his base in Saudi Arabia the pathetic situation Nigeria league players go through playing for professional clubs sides in Nigeria.

The player who said he spent over ten years playing for different clubs in Nigeria before leaving for Saudi Arabia stressed that the greedy chairmen who are only interested in themselves treat the players as slaves.

He argued that there is no doubt that there are very talented players in the Nigeria leagur but laments that the poor conditions faced by these players is the reason they can never play to their very best.

“We have good players in Nigeria league but the league itself frustrates players from performing at their optimal level. The wickedness of most of the clubs chairmen is none of this world when you think of what most of these players are experiencing in the league.”

“Players will travel by road to a league venue. 22 players clustered together in one coaster bus for a journey of about 20 hours. Sometimes you get to the league venue the following day. Only Akwa United is trying coming by flight most times to a state that is very far from Uyo. Meanwhile, clubs chairmen will come by flight to
watch the game and blame the players for not playing to their expectations. If the right condition is not created for the movement of the teams to different league venues, the players will never give their best in any game.

“Clubs chairmen will lodge at a very comfortable hotel. Players will be lodged at a very low cost hotel where commercial sex workers do have their trade and you
see players strolling past prostitutes at the hotel lobby or corridors.

“Players will be lodged where they will be distracted with wandering eyes looking at prostitutes at the vicinity of the hotel where they lodged and these clubs
chairmen will expect Nigeria league to flourish with good football in a game,” he asked

Unfortunately, the Club owners are in collaboration with the leadership of the league management company to allow their excesses.

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