Dolphins FC players commence strike over unpaid fees

The players of Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt kicked off an internal strike over their unpaid 2012/13 sign-on fees on the October 1.

The players visited the government house, Rivers State, a month ago on a peaceful protest to request the accumulated fees.

However, by the end of September, when their dues were promised, they did not to receive the payment.
A statement by the club’s media officer, China Acheru, quoted the club’s general manager, Joe Johnson, pleading with the Federations Cup finalists.

“They have a genuine case, but we have done so well this season. So, I ask them to return because I do not think the sponsor, who gave them a date has forgotten his promise,” Mr. Johnson said.

He said he held a series of meetings with the players and believed that something good would happen but could not say when.

“My worry is that we are at a critical stage of the league and we have a tough game against Enyimba in the Federation Cup final,” he said.

He said while appealing to the players to return to training, he was doing same to the sponsors of the club.

“I have appealed to the sports commissioner, Fred Igwe, who has reassured me that very soon something will come,” Mr. Johnson said. “He says he is in touch with the authorities, which I believe to be government house; so, we are hopeful.”

The Dolphins players have not received their sign-on fees for the 2012/13 season and their enhanced salaries for the 2013/14 season; they are still being paid the old rates.

Dolphins FC will be playing Enyimba in the final of the 2014 Federations Cup. The club currently sits on the second spot of the 29 week old 2013/14 league season with 45 points in 29 matches.

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