OFI Crete stumble upon hard times again
OFI Crete began the 2017/2018 season with a realistic aim of finally returning to the Super League, but their quest has fallen upon hard times. According to reports emerging from Greece, OFI’s players are on the brink of refusing to play for the club anymore.
This isn’t the first time this has happened in Heraklion, as in 2009 and 2015, similar situations affected OFI. Unfortunately for the club’s loyal following, lightning seems to be striking for a third time. Without any money, OFI are faced with losing their professional status again and unpaid players simply do not want to participate in matches. OFI put in a solid performance during Saturday’s 3:0 beating of Chania Kissamikos in the First Division, however there are rumours suggesting they won’t have any players available to play in next week’s fixture against Panegialios.
Club president Fotis Tsalos has gone missing, refusing to take responsibility for the chaos surrounding OFI. Nikos Papadopoulos, the head coach, is doing his best to somehow persuade players to continue taking to the pitch in Football League games, but the future does not look bright. OFI currently occupy third place in the standings, five points behind leaders Aris Thessaloniki.