Reports emanating from multiple sources believe the entire management, board and players of Lobi Football Club are massively unsettled and on the edge, under the reign of Dominic Iorfa
The former BBC Lions of Gboko speed maestro was re-appointed as the Vice Chairman of the club by Governor Samuel Ortom on the 22nd of March 2022, six years after he was sacked for reasons connected to financial misappropriation by the same administration.
As of the time he was relieved of his appointment as the sole administrator of the club in December 2015, a position he held sway for 14 years without any meaningful achievement, it was gathered that the man left with two months wages of players and officials which as of then was in the region of seventy million naira.
Most of the backroom staff of the club now and some of the present coaching staff who were players then were victims of Iorfa’s sneaky character, even though they dare not voice out there ordeal. The man has a draconian system of handling finances
Systematically, this is unacceptable in the modern society and demoralising to the players and officials. One can imagine that on resumption as the vice chairman on the 22nd of March 2022, midway into the season when the club was badly placed on the log it was espected that the new man will device means that will enhance the players and officials’ morale towards doubling there efforts but the reverse has been the case.
The Vice Chairman has a salary deficit of two months (March/April) and investigations reveal that March salary was released to Lobi stars before 28th of March even though they have not been paid until now and that has been the case with Lobi stars wages since the inception of Ortom’s administration in 2015.
Benue State Government has released Lobi stars salaries to April 2022. As at the time of this report, it is also on record that Lobi stars under the previous management of Mike Idoko and Tama Aondofar never owed salaries for once and from the inception of Governor Samuel Ortom’s administration
Suspiciously, it is gathered reliably that Iorfa requested on resumption, an increase in the monthly subvention of the club which includes monthly salaries and other branches of logistics from the Governor to enable him improve the fortunes of the club and he got express approval for it, yet he has refused to pay the players and officials wages. To worsen the matter, he has refused to answer questions on the situation of the club’s salaries, instead he addressed the team last week at Aper Aku stadium after one of the training sessions and threatened the entire team of sack should any body complain of salary. He further lamented in the presence of the team that even the Governor is not paying salaries.
This is unceptable to use the Governor as a example where he has done his best authoritatively
Sources has it that the March salary that was released to the club before the 28th of March 2022 was withdrawn in tranches by the directive of the Vice Chairman instead of paying the cheque into the club account.
He has adopted an outdated system of hiring sootsayers, retired FIFA referees and celebrated match fixers to help him escape relegation instead of motivating the players and officials with prompt payment of their wages and enhanced allowances to propel their performance.
The team is currently not motivated and disillusioned despite the prompt release of resources to the club, the present situation of the club is purely a result of Iorfa’s lack of modern football managerial ability as well as his financial treachery tendencies not the Government of Benue state. The Governor was made to believe by Iorfa’s cohorts that he was the Messiah that will take the club to the promised land forgetting his dozens of issues with the club previously ranging from financial misappropriation, unfair sacking of officials to lack of respect to constituted authority- as well as harassment of fans by his gang of thugs during his tenure as the sole administrator.
THE FOOTBALL FRATERNITY SHOULD STAND AGAINST THIS.
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