The last may not have been heard about the flood that has enveloped the football pitch of Central School Umuaka in the recent time. It can be recalled that Umuaka Times carried a report recently concerning the football pitch where the construction firm handling the Orlu Owerri Road project channeled the drainage system to the football pitch despite several appeals from footballers and the stakeholders in the community not to do so.
From the fillers Umuaka Times gathered, the football activities at Central School Umuaka which is also called Njaba Stadium, may not take place at the stadium this Christmas due to flooding of almost the whole compound. Rainy season has refused to stop and it is still raining seriously in the South East and South West Nigeria till date. The result of it is that the football pitch is already flooded. Throughout last week when there were rainfalls, footballers who went to train at the stadium were all disappointed as it was not possible for them to commence training.
A football coach who spoke with Umuaka Times in the condition that his name should not be mentioned lamented that despite all the pleas from sports administrators in the community, the construction firm handling the road project went ahead and channeled the drainage to the compound of the school. He described the act as wicked and devilish and appealed to Umuaka people to come to their rescue.
As it stands now, Christmas football activities may not hold at the Njaba Stadium because of the flooding. This development Umuaka Times gathered has in deep ways affected the development of football activities in the community. It was gathered that the next or nearest arena footballers may be training is Hilltop Primary School but too bad, a football club is already training at the place and the football club has spent a lot of money to maintain the place. The football club may not be ready to share the training ground with other FCs free of charge.
For people to enjoy football games this December in Umuaka, will largely depend on the mercy of rainfall.