By Richard Animam
Sports Writers inÂ Delta State have taken aÂ swipe at the chairman of Delta State Sports Commission Pinnick Amaju over the disbandment of the state owned team Delta Force FC, Asaba.
The group rose from their monthly congress and faulted the sports commission boss on disbanding a club thatÂ hardlyÂ enjoyed any funding from the state, but struggled to retain their slot in the National league division. They also frowned at his barring of sportswriters from the FIFA inspection to the Warri City stadium last week in the presence of the sports minister Alhaji Sanni Ndanusa saying it smacks of disregard to the body and that they demand an open apology from him immediately to calm frayed nerves now that the state is seeking peace from all quarters.
DELTA FC DISBAN
They condemned the disbandment of the Delta Force by Amaju, stressing that Warri wolves got #250 million in the past season why would Delta Force was starved of funds.Â According to them, Delta Queens which was also based in Asaba was moved to Oleh, thus denyingÂ Asaba people their source of joy, moreso when the Asaba stadium is near completion.
“We advise that the government retrace its step and look for a way to fund the team as we would not want to loose this slot. We are saying that this decision is wrong at a time the state is seeking peace and unity. We are also asking him to tender an open apology to Delta SWAN and the entire journalists in the state for what happened at the Warri StadiumÂ during FIFA and the Honourable ministerâ€™s visit where he embarrassed newsmen by barring them from the stadium. We donâ€™t want any face-off with anyone and we are giving kudos to the governor who has done marvelously well by making sure that Warri host the World Cup. We are not happy with the above situations and we urgeÂ Amaju to quickly address the above issues for peace to reignâ€ he concluded.
Meanwhile another group in the state known as Concerned Aniomas for Transparent Leadership (CANTRAL), have also called on the Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission (DSSC),Â Pinnick Amaju to reverse his pronouncement on the disbandment of Delta Force Football Club, Asaba, just as well meaning Aniomas have been urged to rise to the injustice.
CANTRAL in a statement signed by its National President and Secretary, Comrade Caleb Onwuka and Hon. Onyeka Nwanze described the decision byÂ Amaju who doubles as the Chairman of the Delta State Football Association (DFA) as a slap on the entire people of Anioma Nation.
The group wondered why the only club from Delta North Senatorial District playing in the National League Division 1 sponsored by the Delta State government could be disbanded without recourse to the purpose of its establishment, saying that it amounts to manâ€™s inhumanity to man for the players to have toiled through out the season without getting their monthly benefits.Â Â â€œIt is unbelievable to hear that a team sponsored by the state government could be managed in such a way like a private club.
ONE MONTH SALARY
How on earth can a player work for his team for a full season only to be paid for one month through out the season? This is inhuman as a servant deserves his wagesâ€, it stated.Â Â The group sought to know why the Aniomas have continued to suffer from the rash decisions by the football ruling body in the state when there are other clubs in the state, stressing that the relocation of Delta Queens from Asaba to Oleh when there is a Stadium in Ogwasi Uku that could play host to the team, was another action taken to undermine the Aniomas in a state that belongs to all Deltans.
According to CANTRAL, â€œWe have Warri Wolves F.C. of Warri regarded as their favorite because it is based in their area. We have Okpe United F.C. based in Sapele, Isoko United based in Oleh. We therefore want to know why Delta Queens was relocated from Delta North to Oleh and Delta Force the only solace left for us now disbanded.
Having found no justification for the dissolution of the club, we therefore, demand an immediate reversal of the pronouncement by the de facto general of sports in Delta State Amaju otherwise it will be termed as a calculated attempt to rob the Aniomas of their only source of entertainment more so now that the Asaba Township Stadium is nearing completionâ€.
The group also called on well meaning sons and daughters of Anioma extraction to rise against the injustice and join forces to condemn the act viewed as ethnic cleansing in sports.Â Â â€œWe also want to use this medium to call on our Sports loving Governor Uduaghan to call the Sports Commission to order because we know that the Governor does not have any hand in the decision.