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 theyre in the first team, Diego Umana told reporters.
They wont give them any more food in the house where theyre staying because they (the owners) havent been paid, he added. Its not easy to play Sunday-Wednesday-Sunday without eating. They (the owners) want to evict them because the rent hasnt 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 Colombias 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