Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has given the embattled Roland Ewere–led Insurance technical team a three match ultimatum to win their next three away games or face the risk of being fired.
The commissioner for Youths and Special duties, who also supervises the sports ministry, Mika Amanokha, said that the governor is very bitter about the performance of the team and has directed that they should be reprimanded and given an ultimatum to win their next three away games failing which they will be shown the way out.
“I’m surprised that despite the huge support given to Bendel Insurance by the state government, they have nothing to show for it.”
As a team enjoying maximum support, they should be able to reciprocate government’s good gesture by giving us good results. Government cannot continue to invest on a project or people that are not willing to justify their salaries. We are not happy with their away performance. This executive order came as a result of their lackadaisical approach to work. They are expected to give us three straight away victories if the entire technical team hope to keep their jobs.
He stressed that rather than believe speculations that the team’s problem was spiritual, he believes it was “purely technical” and coach “Ewere is experienced enough to select a winning team.”
Mr Amanokha wondered why a state that produced national team players in the past can no longer produce good players adding that the “state government might be forced to go for coaches with the technical knowledge to take charge of the team.”