FROM ROMANUS UGWU, ABUJA
Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Osh­iomhole, has raised the alarm over the cost of running football in Nige­ria, admitting that it has been financially draining and involving bankroll­ing Bendel Insurance FC of Benin.oshiomole

Answering questions from Daily Sunsports when he paid a courtesy visit to the management of the medium in Abuja, the Edo State governor noted that though he loves foot­ball with a passion, he was shocked to discover that the round leader game in Nigeria is money gulping.

Asked why Bendel In­surance FC of Benin has continued to live in past glory under his regime, he replied: “To be honest, I love and like football and I have a lot of hopes as to what we can do for Bendel Insurance but I soon find that round leader thing in Nigeria is money gulping.

“We spent some money in fixing the Ogbemudia Stadium to make it attrac­tive and provided some sporting facilities but the kind of resources that the club expects from govern­ment is not sustainable. I think the drop in funding partially affected their per­formance,” he noted.

Bringing a message of hope to the fans of the club, the Edo State first citizen said: “However, we have gone back to the drawing board and reviewed the system now, putting the players on government payroll. What it means is that we have moved away from the era of the players complaining about non-payment of salaries and al­lowances for three to four months resulting in protest.

“They are now paid ev­ery month. They may en­counter any other problem, but not non-payment of their salaries. I am hope­ful that with this new ap­proach, all other things be­ing equal, the club should be on its way back,” he assured.

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