The Director of Nigeria Professional League side MFM FC Barr Davidson Adejuwon has been subjected to criticism for letting erstwhile Club Captain Austin Opara depart to fellow NPFL side Enyimba.
Opara was arguably one of the best players for the Lagos based side in the 2018/2019 Abridged NPFL season as their bid for a continental spot suffered a blow when they failed to qualify for the Super Six Playoffs by the whiskers, finishing fourth in Group A.
The club officially revealed the reliable defender had been allowed to join CAF Champions League campaigners Enyimba ahead of the new season but the statement attributed to the club’s director Barr. Davidson did not go well with followers of the club and NPFL fans alike.
The statement read, “Letting go one of our best in the person of Opara Austin was a hard and emotional decision for all us at MFM FC but we are doing this to support Enyimba who will be representing the Nation at the next Caf Champion League. We wish Opara and Enyimba FC best of a football career.”
One of the club’s followers, Ajani Awikoko felt uncomfortable about the choice of word used to describe the transfer deal by the club’s director.
“We are not “SUPPORTING” Eyimba. We are doing business. Which one is supported in a transfer deal? Wishing Austin the best of luck.” He reacted.
“I just weak. These people still think we’re in 1900. How can you be ‘Supporting’ another team in your own league.” Another responded to the statement.
One Adeyemi Adebgoyega took a direct hit at the director, “Its embarrassing! I only need to know how and why he was appointed? To run a charity or a sporting team. The man is totally clueless about football matters and he will run the club into the lower leagues at this rate. He is lucky to have the coach he has at his disposal.”
Opara will reunite with the duo of former teammates Onuwa Chukwuka and Stanley Okoorom who joined the People’s Elephant two seasons ago.
Enyimba has been on the front feet in this season’s transfer window and is yet to make an official statement regarding the move as they prepare to face Rahimo FC from Burkina Faso in the first round of 2019/20 CAF Champions League.