Abuja – Douglas Idahosa, the coach of BJ Foundation football club of Benin, has said that the lack of funds and sponsorship have prevented the club from participating in the Nigerian League.
Idahosa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that since the death of the owner, Benson Johnson, the club had not received support to grow.
BJ Foundation is the only non-league club side that reached the quarter finals of the 2015 Federation Cup after winning the 2015 Edo Federation Cup.
“Due to lack of finance we do not have all the training facilities and essential requirements needed to participate in the Nigerian League.
“ Right now, we do not have a sponsor. For us to participate in an event we try to raise the money among ourselves and it has been quite difficult.
“ It is still a growing academy, so what we do is to sell our players to bigger clubs who need them,’’ Idahosa said.
The coach, however, called on individuals and corporate bodies to help sponsor the team.
NAN reports that Super Eagles players, such as Elderson Echiejile, Victor Moses and Isaac Success, a striker in Granada, a Spanish club, started their careers with the club. (NAN)