The ugly side of the Nigeria football league is on display yet again as players of Sharks FC and Dolphins FC head to the Rivers State Government House to protest arrears of salaries and allowances.
This is third time the players will take their protest to the seat of power in recent times. The last time, the players even slept outdoors on the government house premises in a bid to press home their demands.
One of the players, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on the condition of anonymity for fear he might be punished, said they were tired of being fed lies by the Rivers State government officials.
“It is really frustrating,” he said. “This is our right and people are making us look like beggars. We want the governor to step in now, no more promises.”
Indeed, several promises have been made by government officials to the striking players which were all not kept.
With just one more game to go for the season, the players said they resolved to make sure they followed this fresh round of protests to a logical conclusion.
The Dolphins and Sharks players will hope they will be as lucky as their counterparts in Akwa United who only got their dues from the Akwa Ibom state government after staging a protest days before the commissioning of the multi-billion Akwa Ibom International Stadium.
Before the release of N200million by Governor Godswill Akpabio, the Akwa United players were owed several months’ salary.