Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dolphin stars down tools ahead new season

With less than a week to the kick of the 2010/2011 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) season, Dolphin Football Club have become the second side to go on strike, SuperSport.com learnt.
This development means that Dolphin FC also owned and financed by the Rivers State government has decided to join city rivals, Sharks Football Club, in boycotting training sessions.
The Blue Angels, it will be recalled embarked on an industrial action since last Wednesday.
SuperSport.com was informed at the weekend that top players of Sharks had called their Dolphin counterparts on telephone and even exchanged text messages on the need to join them in pressing for their outstanding 60 per cent contract fees.
However, the move paid off on Monday morning when Dolphin manager, Stanley Eguma, turned up for training but found out that all 35 players had decided to boycott the session.
A confused Eguma could only say: “It is sad. We have a match on Sunday, less than six days away and this is surely going to disrupt whatever plan we have.
The Dolphin head coach hopes that the issue will be resolved in time to allow the team concentrate on its opening game away to newly-promoted Plateau United on October 24.
“They are doing this because they want to get paid but it is throwing a spanner in our works. I really hope the sponsors of the team do the right thing and pay the boys so we can get back to business."
Dolphin players claim like their counterparts at Sharks that they are yet to be paid the remaining 60 per cent of their signing-on fees as well as 18 match bonuses.
The players are also clamouring for the club owners to pay them two months of outstanding debt.

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