…claim untrue, they never showed up – Stadium manager
Ahead of their Week 12 Nigeria Professional Football League match against Kwara United, Katsina United players were reportedly denied access to train at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin, Saturday.
Katsina United won the first leg in Katsina on Wednesday courtesy of a Martins Usule 13th minute penalty and had landed in Ilorin on Friday with the intention of snatching at least a point from the hosts but players and officials of the club were on Saturday evening denied access to train at the Kwara State Sports Complex.
The Acting Media Officer of the club, Wale Oye told CREDIBLE NEWS this morning ” late on Friday, our General Manager notified Kwara United of our arrival and that we will be training at the stadium by 4pm the following day which is the usual practice.
“On getting to the stadium yesterday, we discovered that the gate of the main bowl was locked. While we were waiting, some fans of the home team started ranting, so we left and ended up training at a dusty pitch.”
When contacted, the stadium manager, Wale Obalola debunked the claim of the visitors saying players and officials of Katsina Utd never showed up for training. “l was at the stadium till 9pm yesterday with the person in charge of the keys of the main bowl. Katsina Utd never showed up throughout yesterday (Saturday). Let whoever is making that claim that they were prevented from training, confront me. Nothing of such happened yesterday”, the stadium manager was emphatic.
The Media Officer of Kwara United, Waheed Bibire, was unreachable on his mobile phone.
The two sides will lock horns 4pm today at the Kwara Stadium, Ilorin. Kwara United is presently in relegation zone of Group A in the 2018/2019 Season of the abridged league. A win for the home side against Katsina Utd will boost their chance of avoiding the drop in the abridged league.