Lagos – The unimpressive run of Bendel Insurance FC of Benin in the ongoing National Division One League has been blamed on the five-month salary arrears owed players and club officials.
Coach Rowland Ewere of Bendel Insurance told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos that the players and officials were being owed five months salaries.
The team lost 1-2 to hosts First Bank FC thus having nine points from nine matches.
“It is not easy as sportsmen to function properly without regular salary. There is no how such a development will not affect the performance of the players,” Ewere said.
The coach blamed the situation on communication breakdown between the club management and the Edo State Government.
Ewere also blamed the Lagos defeat on the shock suffered by the players when their vehicle had an accident along Lagos –Ibadan expressway.
“Our vehicle was involved in head-on collision with another on Friday on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and we had to use a chattered vehicle to convey the team to Lagos,” Ewere said.
The coach hoped to win their next home match on Saturday in Benin with Unicem Rovers FC of Calabar by working on the attack and the midfield.
“We will sharpen our attack to enable us score goals on Saturday. The Benin tie is a must-win and we will leave no stone unturned.
“We are going to work on the attack to ensure accuracy in front of goal and also strengthen the midfield,” Ewere said.
His First Bank counterpart, Monday Gabriel, said the victory would motivate the team in their next match on Saturday in Lagos against city rivals 36 Lion FC.
Gabriel said the injury worries in the team would be over before Saturday as he hoped to feature three of his regular players who had been injured to strengthen the team.
Courtesy – (NAN)