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Dolphins, Sharks Players Embark On Strike

Posted: Sep 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Stories by Chibuike Chukwu


Players of Nigeria Professional Football (NPFL) League clubs, Sharks and Dolphins, have embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid financial entitlements.

The players of both clubs say they would skip training sessions until their demands are met.

Captain of Sharks, Odinga, told that the match day 31 clash between both sides at the Sharks FC Stadium, on Sunday will be the last match the two sides will play this season “unless something is done.”

“We have downed tools. We will not play again until our financial entitlements are paid.

“That (the Sharks versus Dolphins NPFL clash) was our last game this season unless something is done,” an angry Odinga said.

Both clubs, owned by the Rivers State Government, are in relegation trouble this season.

Sharks, currently 16th on the league table, is on 36 points while Dolphins is 17th on 34 points from a possible 93.

Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, approved the payment of eight months’ salary arrears to players of both clubs in June but the players insist the money paid “was not the actual thing.”

“Yes, we thank the governor for the money he approved just three weeks after he assumed office but that was not the actual thing.

“What was approved was the old salary structure for players and not the enhanced salary structure,” he said.

The Dolphins captain, Festus ‘Agada’ Austin, on his own, also stressed that players of the club had also embarked on an indefinite strike.

“We will not train again unless we are paid,” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking to Daily Independent, Sharks media officer, Peter Abaje, denied any knowledge of the strike, arguing that he was in Lagos and that he would contact the newspaper when he gets back to Port Harcourt.