By Tolulope Oguntimeyin
Adamawa United Chairman, Emmanuel Zira has described the current position of the club on the league table as unfortunate but said it could have been avoided.
Zira said his vision of what it takes to play in the Nigeria Professional Football Football League, NPFL for the club is quite different from that of Adamawa state ministry of youth and sports who is chiefly responsible for the club’s woes
“At a point I had to leave the club because I was not given the freehand to rejig the team in a way that will make us to be competitive and that did not go well with the Governor which made him to bring me back at the start of the second stanza’l,” the chairman said.
On the team’s current position even after taken over, he said “you could see the difference from 4 points to 23 points. You don’t need a soothsayer to tell you that we know what it takes to do this job. Imagine if I had been here right from the beginning of the season then you can be sure that Adamawa United will not be in this current position maybe we will be battling for continental ticket or finishing among the top 10 clubs.
“We were given a second chance due to coronavirus, when the league was cancelled last season and what did we do with it? We frittered it away but look at Nasarawa United, they consolidated on it and see where they are now, it could have been Adamawa United
He however, said they are preparing for life outside the NPFL, “If peradventure we failed to escape relegation, I am already discussing the possibility of keeping the current crop of players and giving them contract extension and to see how we can increase their emoluments.”
Adamawa United are among the four teams that gained promotion into the NPFL in 2018/2019 with the rest being Jigawa Golden Stars, Dakkada FC and Warri Wolves