Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Please pay us our wages, Nigerian Premier League players beg clubs

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Gombe United FC

Gombe and Akwa Ibom are yet to pay their club’s footballers their deserved wages.

Some Nigerian Premier League clubs owe players so much money that some players cannot even travel, despite the season ending.

One of the clubs, Gombe United, which came 9th in the just ended season is yet to pay most of its players their sign on fees.

A player with the Gombe United who hails from the Eastern part of the country but pleaded not to have his name in print told PREMIUM TIMES that his colleagues are literally stranded in Gombe.

“We are not happy here at all, we are stranded we can’t even travel back to meet our family since we finished the League last Friday” the source complained.

The footballer said he and his teammates are yet to get a dime from their sign-on fee for the just ended season. He said several promises were made by the club management, with none of them fulfilled.

“They have not paid us anything from our sign-on fees, the most annoying thing is that they told us to come and collect something for transport, when we got there, the Accountant General was telling us stories that the money they were expecting has not hit the account so we should be patient,” he said.

The source lamented at the situation, saying that it is painful that after a hectic season which saw them finish 9th on the League table, they are still being tossed around by officials.

“In fact I just wish I can get another team, it is not that they don’t owe players money in other teams but the situation is worse here,” he said. “I cannot advise anybody to come and play football here.”

Gombe United Team Manager, Ibrahim Kwairanga, confirmed that the players have not been paid.

“It is true that we have not paid them and so they are still in Gombe and cannot travel see their family,” Mr. Kwairanga told PREMIUM TIMES. “By God’s grace, we should be able to settle them.”

It was the same tale of woes from the camp of another Premier League team, Akwa United, whose players are complaining of their inability to travel to meet their loved ones as owed monies have not been paid.

The players, who did not want their names in print for fear of victimization, appealed to the club management to act fast and give them what they have toiled for, all season.

Ironically, while the Akwa-Ibom funded team is lamenting about unpaid monies, the State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, recently donated N10m to Nigeria’s National U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, a move that has been greeted with mix reactions.

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