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Delta Force Players Threaten To Boycott Matches

Delta Force Football Club
Posted: Sep 15, 2016 at 12:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Awele Ogbogu

Fresh crisis is looming at Asaba-based Division 1 side, Delta Force Football Club as some of the players have hinted at the likelihood of boycotting matches anytime soon unless management offsets months of unpaid salaries.

Speaking to Independent at the Ibori Golf Course, Asaba where some of the players were training alongside residents of the state capital who usually gather there on Saturdays for fitness training, a senior member of the team  who did not want to be mentioned, said the arrears of salaries running into several months had made it difficult for the players to concentrate on matches.

“We usually come here to train with people and sometimes, they take pity on us and help us with transportation, water, food and other needs which are now very difficult to come by for all the players.”

He said that with the situation becoming unbearable for the players, they may be forced to take any action that would compel the management to pay their salaries.

Disputes over unpaid salaries and players’ welfare are not new to the club. In 2008, it was disbanded following unrest as rampaging  players  accused management of insensitivity to their welfare while in 2009, it was also disbanded following players’ protest at having been paid only once throughout the season.

A group, Concerned Aniomas for Transparent Leadership (CANTRAL)  had also protested against what it termed as insensitivity to the welfare of the only club from the Delta North Senatorial district of the state, lamenting the absence of a stadium in Asaba to host matches and disbanding the club on more than one occasion by the management,  claiming lack of funds.