By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Former Governor of Abia State and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Orji Uzor Kalu says the Club is not being looked after since he left as the Governor of the state.
He made this assertion during an interview session on the topmost Sports platform on WhatsApp, “Nigeria Sports Mouthpiece”
“I have been following Enyimba FC since I left as Governor of Abia State. Unfortunately, this club is not being looked after the way it should be. Such is the case with football as one wins sometimes and loses the other time. Enyimba had not been doing well since I left.”
It should be noted that Orji Uzor Kalu was the Governor of Abia State when Enyimba FC won the CAF Champions League in 2003 and 2004.
The Club has not been able to replicate such a feat since defeating Ismaily of Egypt to win the elusive CAF Champions League and retaining it the following season.
Kalu opined that a lot has changed as he proffered solutions to the problem being faced by the club.
He said: “What changed in football is lack of interest and lack of massive investment as well as security. When you have insecurity, the spectators are not coming to the stadium and players are not being cheered. Player’s money needed to be paid as at when due. When you don’t pay the players, they won’t perform. Paying them will ensure that they give their best on the field of play.
“A lot of things have changed in terms of security, atmosphere, and investment. I believe sincerely that if we get the security right everything will be back on track. I can’t believe that Enyimba will be stranded in South Africa. Players needed to be motivated by being paid by the 23rd or 25th of every month. If any player messes up, you seize his salary. The players, coaching crew, and journalists that follow the team must be motivated. That is the key to success in football.” He concluded.
Enyimba FC with six points from five games will face Orlando Pirates of South Africa in their final CAF Confederation Cup Group A game on Wednesday night, with nothing less than a victory needed for them to make it to the next round.
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