I heard of my board’s disbandment on radio – Kogi United boss

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’Tosin Oluwalowo and Gbenga Odogun

Chairman of Kogi United and Confluence Queens, Abdul Sule, said he heard about his sack as head of both clubs on Tuesday, on the radio.

Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Ayoade, who announced the sack in a statement on Tuesday, did not state the reasons for the government’s action.

However, our correspondent learnt that the dissolution might not be unconnected with the recent protest by players of Nigeria National League side Kogi United over the non-payment of their two-and-half-years sign-on fees and poor welfare condition.

Speaking with our correspondent on Tuesday, Sule said there was no official communication to him on his sack.

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“There was no reason given for the sack; I have not even gotten any letter on the issue. I just heard it in the news on radio like every other person and I had a verbal discussion today (Tuesday) with the commissioner (Idris Musa),” Sule told The PUNCH.

Kogi State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Idris Musa, confirmed the sack.

“The government relieved them yesterday (Monday), and the new one would emerge very soon. We have good hands on ground that will take care of the clubs before the appointment of the new committee,” Musa told The PUNCH.

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“The Kogi United and Confluence Queens management was handed over to me, so in the interim, we have good hands on ground that will look at the whole team before the announcement of those that will take over from them.”

He however debunked reports that the management team was sacked because of the players’ protest.

 “There is much on the sack, this present management has spent almost nine years now, and the government looked at it that it is good to have new hands take charge of the club.

“From the government’s announcement, it is not attached to the protest by the players, so I cannot say anything contrary,” Musa added.

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The PUNCH had reported on February 6 that the players, dressed in the club kits, blocked the entrance to the Kogi State Government House, Lokoja to lodge their complaints to Governor Yahaya Bello.

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