Revealed: The Secrets Behind Doma United 

    Giant killers...Doma United of Gombe waved to their fans after beating Kano Pillars 1-0 in a recent NPFL game

    There is no doubt that one of the giant killers in NPFL this season is Doma United FC of Gombe State and it is in this light that took a trip digitally to the State to speak with the Chairman of the FA, Mr. Filibus Yakubu Sarma, who revealed the secrets behind the good form of the club. 

    According to the astute administrator, Doma United is a team that is fired up by the motivation of the owner and chairman of the club, Alhaji Sulaiman Umar, added by the recruitment policy of the club headed by Coach Akinade Onigbinde. 

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    Coach Akinade Onigbinde, the head of the technical crew of Doma United

    He revealed that most of the Doma United players are relatively unknown and they are eager to use the opportunity to play in the NPFL to propel their career forward, and the most beautiful thing, is the fact that these players are not being owed any of their financial entitlements. 

    “The fact of the matter is the players of Doma United have strong motivational factor working for them. Most of them actually want to prove a point. You know as a footballer if Kano Pillars or Gombe United refused to sign you and then a club like Doma United signs you, you always want to prove how good you are,” Sarma revealed exclusively to

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    Yakubu Sarma, Gombe State FA Chairman

    “Doma United players are dedicated to the task in the NPFL despite the fact that most of them are rookies from unknown grassroot clubs in NLO and some from NNL. The players want to prove that they are capable. 

    “So, the recruitment policy of the club is working for them. The club is not moved by established players in the NPFL, who already have tired legs for the rigorous NPFL season,” he added.

    In this part of the world where most clubs treat their players like slaves in the areas of their financial entitlements, this sorry sight is not witnessed in Doma United was the candid expression of Sarma, stressing further that the chairman pays them different amount of match winning bonuses depending on the opponents subdued.

    “The players are not being owed salaries, they are not being owed any bonuses, you know that your salaries will come in and you know that if I go and play draw I am going to get my bonus if I win. What the  Chairman is fond of doing, is that he will come to the field and their bonuses are not fixed amount.

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    Highly motivated…Doma United FC

    “If the team is playing Enyimba for instance, he will now tell them, if you beat Enyimba for me, I will give you N100k. If the teamis playing maybe Niger Tornados you know that the challenge is not as big as that of Enyimba based on the pedigree of both clubs, he will say beat Niger Tornadoes and I will give you N50k as bonus. 

    “So these are some of the things he does to his players or he goes away and tell them, we are playing Sporting Lagos, you know Gombe United came here and they beat them, please lets restore the pride of Gombe State by not losing to Sporting. If you help the people of Gombe State in this regard, I will give you a fantastic bonus.

    “Another interesting thing, is that payment of the money to the players is not delayed, it is not an issue of give me your account and i will transfer the money after some days. Most of the time what he does to them is just give him what he want and immediately they finish the game, he will give them their money as promised.

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    Sulaiman Umar, Proprietor/Chairman of Doma United

    “Professional league footballers earn their living playing football and nothing motivates these players more like getting their financial entitlements as at when due and giving them proper welfare package.

    These are some of the secrets, the motivating factors in Doma United under the leadership of Alhaji Suleiman Umar, the chairman and owner of the club.

    “I also think that in all fairness, the officiating in the NPFL is improving. You know that Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau led – NFF have sanctioned some referees for poor officiating and this is a also factor to consider,” he concluded.

    Bendel Insurance, Rivers United, Enyimba FC, Heartland FC, Kano Pillars to mention but a few, are some of the clubs that Doma United had beaten this season in the NPFL.

    Doma United have an away clash against Sunshine Stars of Akure in the NPFL on Wednesday.

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