The 2014 Federation Cup might have come and gone, leaving Enyimba of Aba as new champions of that trophy. But what is left to desire in the hearts of football lovers in Rivers State, is the dramatic loss of Dolphins to Enyimba of Aba.
Many factors are responsible to Rivers State sponsored Dolphins Football club of Port Harcourt to lose to Enyimba.
Psychological, emotional, psychic and over all the manner the players were treated by the Rivers State Government. The Rivers State Government, sponsor of Dolphins, owed the players for good two seasons sign on fees, allowances, match bonuses, salaries.
Can an hungry man produce result with empty stomach? That was the case of Dolphins. The players after begging for their monies which was not forthcoming went on strike hence did not train for a reasonable time.
Will a team not training for a reasonable time stand a team which is on ground, without psychological, emotional, financial problem in a football match? You answer is good as the truth.
Enyimba one of the good side in the Nigeria Professional Football League has all what it takes to beat Dolphins of Port Harcourt 2-1 at the finals of the Federation Cup.
Dolphins were given late hand support by the Rivers State Government after seeing that the situation is getting out of hands, but that was too late because the players were so set aback in their thinking, their mentality do not accept the will of their spirits as they have not trained for sometimes.
Their salaries were delayed; their sign-on fees were kept on hold for them to be starved as they went into borrowing just for them to survive while still paying for Dolphins.
The Rivers State Government should take all the blame for not motivating the players of Dolphins, in other words, the FA loss of Dolphins is solely attributed to the Rivers State Government. ###