By Ime Bassey
Coach of relegation threatened Crown FC of Ogbomosho, Godfrey Esu has lamented the club’s inability to pay his bills and that of the players as part of the reasons behind their 0-1 loss to Makurdi side, Lobi Stars at home.
Expressing his grieve to Inside Out Premier League at the Gateway International Stadium after the defeat, the 1995 League winner with Shooting Stars of Ibadan said, the management had to borrow money to convey the team down to Ilaro even as the players are yet to receive their last month’s wage.
“There is no money in the club, the players have not been paid last month’s salary. For the past three weeks we have been struggling with finance. We are owing the hotel we are lodging here. For the game, the management had to borrow money to bring the team down here. We and Shooting Stars are in the same predicament.
There is no motivation in any way. The new government in the state is trying to check the account that is why the treatment is like this. They should know it is not good to treat sports the way they are treating it. As I speak to you, I do not know how we will execute our next game,” Esu said.
On where the team got it wrong in the first place, the former Union Bank coach said, “We got it wrong from the beginning, so it is very difficult to correct now. We do play well in away matches but to do it at home is a problem. I think the boys are too anxious to win. We created too many chances in the first half but could not convert them.
That is why when Lobi scored theirs in the first half, the boys could not hold themselves again. I try to calm them down, as young players the anxiety to win is always there. It was a good game, good officiating,” he stressed.
Asked if he is hopeful that his team can still do the magic in getting three vital points away and survive relegation, the former Shooting Stars coach said, “I am still very hopeful. I can assure you that we will get points away to salvage our position. For what happenned today, I cannot really tell because it is football.”