Hungry players prompt coach Umana to resign


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  • Thursday, 15 Apr 2004

BOGOTA: The coach of crisis-hit Colombian First Division club Quindio resigned on Tuesday because he said several of his players could not afford to eat. 

“I arrived at training and four players turned up who had not eaten on Monday and who did not have breakfast on Tuesday – and they’re in the first team,” Diego Umana told reporters. 

“They won’t give them any more food in the house where they’re staying because they (the owners) haven’t been paid,” he added. “It’s not easy to play Sunday-Wednesday-Sunday without eating. They (the owners) want to evict them because the rent hasn’t been paid.” 

Players also complain that the club have stopped paying their wages. Quindio, who have won the Colombian Championship once since being founded in 1951, are 17th in the 18-team Colombian Championship. The team are based in Armenia, in the heart of Colombia’s coffee-growing region. 

Umana is the second coach to leave the club this season. His departure brought the number of coaching casualties to five since the championship began in February. – Reuters 

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