Seyi Akinwunmi, the Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, has blamed clubs’ inability to gain promotion to the Nigeria Globacom League on their owners.
Akinwunmi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday that club owners had failed to empower teams to gain promotion.
He said that in spite of assistance rendered by the FA within its capacity to ensure that clubs moved to the premier league, it had not yielded positive result, due to the attitude of some club owners.
“We should call a meeting of all the club owners and ask them; What do you want the FA to do for you that they have not done?
“In the past two years, we have had over 16 free coaching courses for all the clubs, bring people from Brazil, UK, South Africa, Germany, people from Nigeria to support them.
“We call them here, we brief them, we try to counsel them on management, we’ve gone out of our way, we’ve paid for clubs to honour matches, we make sure that people don’t come to Lagos to cheat a Lagos club, not because we bribe anybody but because we are there.
“There is nothing that they require of us that we have not done, the problem is the club owners and management. That is the reason why we don’t have a premiership club and have said it to their faces most of them are more interested in their pocket.
“Your team is rising all you want to do is sell out players and you sell six players, how can there be continuity, that is the problem.
“Last season with one match, First Bank (FC) would have been in the premier league so is not as if we don’t have the players.
“The press needs to start targeting for discussion the clubs themselves. The FA doesn’t own any club, they themselves are the problem.
“Somebody played a match, man of the match in cup finals, two weeks later he is on loan, does are the thing that the sports journalist should investigate’’.
NAN reports that Stationary Stores and the defunct Julius Berger FC were some of the clubs from Lagos that featured prominently in the Premier League in the early 80’s and 90’s.