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Kaduna United Players Protest Unpaid 19 Months’ Salary

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 1:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Players of the Nigeria National League side, Kaduna United, have embarked on a peaceful protest as they seek audience with Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for the payment of their salary arrears running into 19 months.

The players have begun boycott of training sessions in protest over the salary arrears owed them as a last resort. The players have vowed not to honour their remaining Nigeria National League matches until they were paid.

Some of the players said unless there was concrete assurances by the government between now and July 8, “we shall not play our subsequent matches’’.

The players told PREMIUM TIMES that they have been pushed to the wall and can no longer bear the severe hardship their unpaid wages are causing them and their dependents.

Captain of the team, Emmanuel Ambrose, said that he and his colleagues could no longer carry the burden of playing football on empty stomach and were seeking the intervention of the state governor.

“We have been patient all the while believing that they would soon attend to us,” he said. “It is a pity we have been playing on empty stomach for more than a year now; the suffering is just too much. We have sacrificed a lot for this club but we are not happy at how we are being treated.”

On his part, Linus Adams, a central defender with the team, who claimed he is owed over N2m, said he recently lost his father after he lacked funds to pay his hospital bills.

“I am in deep sorrow now because I lost my father because of all this unpaid monies,” he said. “I watched helplessly as my father died because I could not pay for his treatment. It is sad that he has a son working but I could not take care of him. We all have families that look up to us; please the governor should do something.”

The players said they have no plans to be confrontational with the governor, saying they appreciate he met the already bad situation on ground.

They then appealed to the new government to look into their plight and settle their claims to enable them to continue with their remaining matches.

“We just want him to treat us as his sons, and we will take him as our father too” the team captain said.

“We have visited the Permanent Secretary’s office twice without any response’’.

The Public Relations Officer of the Sports Ministry, Zakari Haruna told NAN that the team was facing funding constraints and appealed to the players to exercise patience.

“Everything has procedure; so, players should exercise patience as the new government will have to look into their matter and take actions’’.

He assured them of necessary action by the government as soon as possible.

Kaduna United was one of the teams relegated from the Premier League last season.