By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The Acting General Manager of Gateway Football Club of Abeokuta, Ogun State, Mr Niyi Soleye has announced that the club is ready to resume the league whenever the League Management Company is ready to start the 2020/2021 season.
Soleye made this known while fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of the recent inauguration of the new Exco to the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Ogun State Chapter at the NUJ Secretariat Iwe Iroyin Hall, Abeokuta.
In his words, ” Although we are ready in the sense that we have our structure on ground before the pandemic, we have played 5 matches out of 22, the only thing is just to bring our players on a good time so as to start preparation.
“Despite the fact that it is still a rumor, may be we are going to start by September or October, that is less than two months, we at Gateway Football Club are ever ready”.
Soleye further reteraites that although the future of sports is bright, with aboundance talents, he added that the league management in the country still have a long way to go to guarantee the resumption of the league.
To him, “Without being biased, I don’t think we are ready to come back on sports activities fully in the country, but if (NFF)says we should start. We don’t have anything to say, we have to obey”
Sighting some ugly incidents in the league, the Ag GM said, “it embarrassing to take care of our players with ordinary pure water, I have been to some clubs across the country, hardly in Europe you will see a football team going to field that you will not see medical team following them to the field, nothing like that in Nigeria. I have traveled across the country and visited some clubs, some don’t even have medical team.
Speaking further on the sport issues in the state, he said, “in the last 16years government of the past administration has made it possible for sports to strive in Ogun state and we saw the results are numerous.
“It takes away the youth from the streets and empower many youth, and sports like minded people, the present government should fund sporting activities in the state”.