Umar Muhammed, Lafia
Nasarawa United coach Kabiru Dogo has blamed the Nasarawa State Government for his team’s poor start to the Premier League season.
The Lafia club, who are 12th in the Premier League table, have lost six games, winning four and drawing one in 11 games.
Dogo, who spoke to reporters after leading his team to a 1-0 victory over Wikki Tourists at the Lafia Stadium on Sunday, said delayed salaries, signing-on fees and allowances had greatly affected the morale of the players.
He said, “Late response by the state government to our early demands is what is affecting the morale of the players. We don’t always start on a good note due to poor preparations.”
Suleiman Muhammed scored for Nasarawa after Wikki goalkeeper Chinedu Udeh failed to stop a shot that came from a Nasarawa player.
The Nasarawa State Government-owned outfit were hit by financial crisis last season, with some of the players owed salaries and match allowances.
The coach explained that Nasarawa won the game against Wikki due to the determination of the team to succeed.
On Nasarawa’s slow start to the season, the chairman of the club Isaac Danladi said, “I cannot comment on that for now.”
In an interview with our correspondent, Wikki coach Bala Nikyu attributed the defeat of his team to a lack of concentration, promising that the Bauchi club would win their next match at home.
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