Female basketballers from the Overcomers Technical College representing Kogi State in the on going Milo Basketball Secondary School Championship tagged as Confluence Confrence have claimed that they have been shortchanged of their allowances.
They accused the Kogi state sports coordinator, Joseph Abah of diverting funds meant to cater for their welfare.
Speaking to our correspondent, Otokpa Ene, a member of the team said her team were not given food, an action which saw them loosing by a 22-12 to Benue state in the semi-final. She futher said they also did not have access to portable water to wash and bath, they only took their bath after the rain fell on teusday with rain water, which was also what they drank.
The team’s captain, Abdulmaleek Sherifat lamented the lack of accommodation for the team while all other states present provided condusive hotel accomodation for their team, narrating how mosquito dealt with she and her team mates.
“I fainted in camp but there was no first aid and was rushed to the Specialist Hospital. But unfortunately, they were on strike,” Abdulmaleek stated.
She further revealed that her team only got 600 naira on Saturday before been increased to 900 naira on Sunday, adding they received no match allowance.
The head coach of the team, Saliu Topson said the girls were starved for days by the embattled sports coordinator, saying he refused to disclose the allotted funds.
Meanwhile, efforts made to get reactions from Mr Abah, who is the coordinator proved abortive as he failed to pick his calls.
Kogi state emerged third in the female category of the competition after defeating their Niger state counterpart by 15-14 points.
It will be recalled that the Kogi representatives emerged champions in the finals of both male and female categories of the Milo Secondary School basketball competition last year at Asaba, Delta state, a feat they failed to match this term.