Due to their ouster from the just concluded 2023 Women’s CAF Champions League qualifier, Nigeria Women’s Football League champions Delta Queens is set to experience a massive shake-up.
Despite playing as the host team, Delta Queens lost the final game to Ampem Darkoa of Ghana to the surprise of football fans and stakeholders across the country.
The commissioner for sports in the state Tonobok Okowa while speaking to the Guardian correspondent made it clear that the government is not satisfied with the outcome of the competition.
” It is so sad that some of the club officials could behave this way.
“I rushed back from Budapest only to meet the players complaining about allowances.
To boost their morale ahead of the final match, I borrowed money to pay the players and appealed to the officials to bear with us till when government money was released.
I pleaded with the governor and he quickly approved the money, though it was not what we expected. The money came on the eve of the final match.
“I opened up to the officials that their money has been released, and that they will get it as soon as we sort out everything.
Just before the final match at 3.30pm, news had started flying around that we embezzled their money.
I didn’t expect such attitude from the officials considering the level of support we gave to the team.
Maybe, if they had oncentrated on the match, Delta Queens would have won the CAF Champions League ticket.
Nobody is even thinking on how I will get my money back. I am really sad with this allegation.
For their behaviour during the WAFU B play-off, Okowa said some of the players and officials “have to go”, he concluded.