•Sends SOS to Gov Obi
BY MONICA IHEAKAM
It was, indeed, a different stroke for a different folk at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival, tagged: EKO 2012 as some states have enough facilites to boost their morale, while other are finding things tough. Daily Sunsports observed yesterday that some states are having a swell time, going into their events with high spirit, while others are demoralised for lacking essential equipment.
The Anambra State female hockey team was literally turned to running from pillar to post in search of equipment to play its matches. The team which lost 1-0 to Kadunna State yesterday afternoon had to borrow and rent kits from Team Delta to enable it honour the game against Kaduna.
They rented goal keeper’s kit and 8 hockey sticks from Delta at the rate of N15,000 per day. Anambra State women hockey team’s Captain, Chizoba Obako , lamented that the state Commissioner for Sports, Dr. Aroh, had shown apathy to their plight; a fact that has affected the entire team psycologically. Obako cried that it was a humiliating experience and a big shame that athletes from Anambra had to resort to begging and renting eqiupment and kits on their own to represent their state.
The captain pointed out that that the pathetic situation had adversely affected their abilty to win matches as witnessed in the game against Kaduna. According to Obako, the players and the goal keeper could not train with the borrowed kits before they were called in for the game. The team collectively called on the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi to wade into the matter and rescue them from their plight.