By Jeremiah Umahi
Former Lobi Stars of Makurdi Coach, Godwin ‘Koko’ Uwua, has berated club administrators in Nigeria over the way they are treating coaches, maintaining that they look down on coaches because they think that they are school dropouts.
The Benue state-titled chief, in an exclusive chat with AOIfootball.com, said that club administrators always think they are helping coaches by employing them, noting that coaching is a noble profession and at such, coaches must be treated as professionals.
The former Niger Tornadoes Technical Adviser, stated further that managers are not to be blamed for what they are going through, but stressed that the problem of coaches is that administrators want them to be winning every game at all cost, which he reckoned is not possible.
“It’s unfortunate that every football administrator in this country sees coaches as school dropouts; coaches are people who when given jobs are favoured, but coaching is a profession deserves admiration.”
“The simple reason why the administrators are treating coaches anyhow is because some of them take on jobs they know they can’t do and sometimes without properly signed contracts.”
“Everyone wants to win because the government is bringing money here and there. And the person that is going to collect the money wants results, and if the results are not coming, it becomes a problem.”
“The unfortunate thing about the game is that sometimes you draw and sometimes you lose, but here in Nigeria, it is never like that because the administrators are under pressure; they believe they must win and some of them have never played football,” he concluded.
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