The hammer of the Nasarawa State government is dangling over the management and technical crew of the state owned Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) side, Nasarawa United, over poor performance in the ongoing 2023 abridged league season.
To halt the steady decline in the fortunes of the club, the Nasarawa State government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has issued a three-match ultimatum to the management and technical crew of the club.
The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Lucky Isaac Yargwa, during an emergency meeting between the Ministry and management of Nasarawa United FC stated that the government and its citizens are disheartened by the poor run of the club despite the government’s huge commitment and support.
“We have been following up with the activities of our darling club in the league this season, and I must say that neither the government nor the state is happy with our position on the table, which is both strange to us and the countless die-hard supporters.
“The governor and number one financier of the club, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, is not happy with the performance of the team this season and he didn’t hide his feelings as he vented his displeasure shortly after the 0-3 loss to Akwa United on Sunday.
“Consequently, we are placing the management and coaching staff of the club on a three-match requisition, beginning from the club’s next match away to Gombe United FC, on Sunday, 29th January.
“The other two matches are against Plateau United on Wednesday, 1st February, at home, and Shooting Stars on Sunday, 5th February, 2023, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“We hope that this prompt measure by the government will help to return our team to their glorious status in the league this campaign, failure of which may leave the government with the option of taking further drastic measures.
Reacting to the position of the government, club Chairman, Barrister Isaac Danladi, apologised to the governor of Nasarawa State, the ministry and other critical stakeholders of the club for the not-too-impressive performance of the team in the ongoing NPFL season, but assured that they would not rest in their quest to return the team to its winning ways.
The ‘Solid miners’ have lost three out of three matches played so far, 1-2 at home to Enyimba, 2-1 away at El-Kanemi Warriors before Sunday’s 3-0 thumping by visiting Akwa United.