The management of Kwara United Football Club has setup protocols to map out plans that will ensure adequate compliance with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Club Licensing regulations for the 2020/21 season.
The Club Chairman, Kumbi Titiloye told www.npfl.ng that his management team have been working hard to traverse through the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic with a view to ensure a strong start in the coming season.
According to the Chairman, the club would have been more active in the pre-season games, noting that it is not peculiar to the Club, however, they have been surviving through the period.
In his words, “We have made good progress by inaugurating two committees, namely, the Medical/Infrastructure Committee and the Finance Committee, the Kwara Utd boss delightedly disclosed and added, the Financial Committee has concluded its work and made recommendations that has been acted upon”.
He added that actions are being taken towards implementing the recommendation to meet Financial Requirements of the Club Licensing Regulation, “Management has written to the Executive Governor to approve the release of the 2020 budgetary provision for the outstanding Contract Fees for Players and Officials which is being expected in the days ahead”.He said.
Titiloye emphasized that the health and safety of the players is of utmost important to them at the Club, consequently the move to also set up the Medical/Infrastructural Committee saddled with the task of examining existing medical facilities and develop a manual to provide the best medicare to the Players including the best examinations and observations in line with the COVID-19 protocols”. He added that the committee is also taking inventory of the stadium facilities and other mandatory infrastructure outlined to meet the Licensing specifications for safety of fans and teams.
While reviewing the Club’s performance last season, he recalled that they played in four pre-season tournaments, in Ilorin, Asaba, Ijebu-Ode and Kano state.In his words, “that gave us some leverage in having our players adequately tested, while we also had the opportunity of picking some during the pre-season matches.”But that system will not be adopted this time because of the pandemic and the measures put in place to check it, as well as the tentative time picked for the commencement of the 2020/2021 NPFL season”.
Titiloye added that despite the fact that Afonja Warriors were seen struggling for survival last season, there’s a new strategy in place to compete for a continental ticket this term.”As a Professional Club, we are not making a wholesome change in the playing personnel but we are fortifying areas where there have been noticeable deficiencies”.
The Club has been very active in the transfer market and have made some additions to the team.
From Niger Tornadoes center back Bamidele Ayodeji and midfielder, Afeez Nosiru have joined the team. Also Murtala Oriyomi, a left-back and forward, Adeniji Kabiru from MFM.
ALSO, .Former Super Eagles and Enyimba goalkeeper, Dele Aiyenugba has linked up with the Ilorin club from Hapoel IN Israel. Others are midfielder, Jide Fatokun who joins from Sunshine Stars, Bashiru Monsuru of Nasarawa United, and Michael Ohanu, a catch from Akwa United.116