Monday, March 15, 2010

Season-end Exodus Looms At Bayelsa Utd

In spite of bashing Premier League newcomer, Ranch Bees, 3 – 1 at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa on Sunday afternoon, a number of players at troubled champion, Bayelsa United, are ready to quit the club by the end of this season. understands that some of the influential players that boycotted the camp of the Nigerian champion in the first half of the season are considering their option.
A club official informed that some of the players of the Bayelsa State-owned club are already holding talks with the possibility of leaving the club at the end of this season’s campaign.
But others are said to have secured opportunities to go on trials abroad and are waiting to confirm their travel arrangement.
“There is going to be a mass movement of players away from the club at the end of the season from the look of things. Many of the players are not happy with the way they have been treated since they won the title last season and helped the club reach the semi-finals of the (CAF) Confederation Cup before losing to Setif Entente of Algeria. Some of the big players at the club have confirmed that they will not be staying at the club beyond the end of this season because the club will not offer them continental football and also the club does not look like a side that will pay their players.
“They (the players) are unhappy that they are still owed so much money by the club even after achieving the feat of winning the league last year. It is a painful situation for the players and some of them have made up their minds to leave the club even if they are paid what is owed them before the end of the season as they believe that they do not have anything to prove at Bayelsa United again,” said the official of the Nigerian titleholder.
However, the official, who did not want his name disclosed, refused to offer the names of the players considering dumping the Nigerian champion by the end of the season.
Instead, he told to carry out its investigation based on the lead handed it and find out the players that are contemplating leaving the troubled Yenagoa club by the end of the ongoing season.
“I have told you enough. Some of the players have spoken to other clubs in the country and others are leaving for clubs abroad. That is all I can tell you for now. But I can’t mention names so that the players would not become insecure at the club. I will only tell you to find out their names yourself and I am sure if you do, you will want to talk too them and they will tell you not to mention their names,” the Bayelsa United official said.

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