Katsina United’s Obinna Eleje unhappy at NPFL restart delay

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The Changi Boys utility player expressed his reservation at the Nigerian football crisis which has hindered the continuation of the league

Katsina United’s Obinna Eleje has voiced out his frustration at the continuous delay to the restart of the Nigerian league.

The domestic campaign went on a World Cup break on June 13 and it was to restart on July 18 before the impasse in the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) forced an indefinite postponement.

With the case yet to be finalized at a conventional court, many Nigerian players in the top-flight are unable to play competitive matches and Eleje is calling for a quick resolution of the crisis so that football activities can resume unhindered domestically.

“We are not happy at the way things are presently going and are appealing to all those concerned to think about the future of footballers and Nigerian youths and put an end to this football crisis,” Eleje told Goal.

“We are not going to benefit anything from this problem and we are tired of waiting endlessly for it to end. We have not been able to play any league match for close to two months now and this is affecting us.    

“There are so many things that have been halted due to this. We have not been getting our wages as and when due as a result of the crisis. Many of the teams are affected by this and I believe that it is only an end to the crisis that can put our football back to shape.”

The utility player pointed out that he and his teammates have continued to train very hard and that they won’t have issues with fitness if the league season is to restart today.

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He said they have not been much active with playing friendly matches but that they did face a National Youth Service Corps Selected side which they pummeled 13-1 recently.

“We will be glad if the league is to resume today because we have been training very hard and are prepared,” Eleje added.

“We have not really been playing friendly matches like we ought to have. The only one of note was the one we had with NYSC selected side whom we thrashed. We are training very hard and are hoping that a resolution will be reached soon.”