By Kingsley Oyero.
From all indications, it seems that the Kogi State government may have abandoned the state-owned football clubs, Kogi United and Confluence Queens.
The reasons are that the government has not been responding to the clubs’ financial needs.
Unlike before, the two teams are yet to pay sign on fees to their players and officials for the past three seasons
Information gathered from inside the camp of the clubs indicates that apart from monthly salaries they have been receiving, which is consolidated with the payment of civil servants in the state, both clubs have been starved of funds to run the teams.
It was further revealed that the two teams are finding it difficult to train as they don’t have a team bus to ferry them to the stadium, no balls and other training materials.
One player who spoke on the condition of anonymity disclosed that lack of motivation and challenges explained is affecting the teams as most of them are playing with uncertainties.
Kogi United are the worst hit as they are currently campaigning in the National League which was five week old before going on break.
Confluence Queens who finished as runners up in last season’s Nigeria Women Premier League, NWPL, may not participate in the new season as a result of the ongoing neglect from the government.
Efforts to reach out to Chairman of both Clubs, Abdul Sule, to confirm the development proved abortive as he refuse to pick his calls.