“Inadequacy in payment of player wages, is the biggest challenge the league is facing” according the coach of Lobi Stars football club, Gbenga Ogunbote.
The oracle made this revelation in a chat with OJBSPORT, while responding to series of questions on the welfare of players.
No doubts, Inconsistency in payment of players monthly allowance has been one factor that have affected the progress of the League in Nigeria. Since COVID-19 crept into the country a couple of months ago, some clubs have delayed the payment of wages for their players.
‘The Oracle” as he his fondly called, took a flashback to when the current coach of Tottenham Hotspur Jose Mourinho came to Ilorin, Kwara State, precisely to lecture coaches. Gbenga said, ‘Mourinho was asked what will he do to motivate a team, that is been owed 6 months salary.’
“Mourinho answered the question by explaining how a club in the Portuguese League were relegated after finishing 7th, due to insufficient funds. The organizers of the league had to throw the team out of the league, when they realised that the team had no money.”
This further emphasised the step to take, if clubs fail to pay players monthly allowance in the league.
The technical adviser of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr, has since reiterated that, the Nigeria Professional Football leagues lacks in quality in playing personnel, some pundits have tailored this down to the poor technical and tactical ability of the coach. But Gbenga Believes that, the failure of one coach, does not mean other coaches are not good.
“We have had series of indigenous coaches who have performed well, you can’t just conclude because a coach did not do well with a team, then it means automatically others are not good, i don’t think that is a good way to judge Nigeria coaches.”
With the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, Nigerians are still in a state of oblivion as to when the NPFL will kick-start. Even though they have tabled various suggestions. With the Point Per Game (PPG) or the Super Six method in considerations. Just last week 17 clubs voted for the league to be concluded with the Point Per Game , Method.
Akwa United and Lobi Stars have expressed their dissatisfaction to this move. Knowing fully well, that it will affect them in the current standings.