Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sunshine boycott training over pay

One of Nigeria's representatives in the 2011 Orange Caf Confederation, Sunshine Stars, are in a players' mutiny in their Ijebu-Ode camp.

Sunshine Stars are billed to play host to DR Congo's Motema Pembe on Saturday at the Gateway International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode.

But SuperSport.com was informed on Tuesday that players of Sunshine Stars had embarked on a strike on Monday demanding payment of their signing-on fees for this season.

One of the players, who spoke to SuperSport.com on condition of anonymity, revealed that he and his colleagues are owed 100 per cent of their contract fees this term.

The player also disclosed that Sunshine Stars owe the playing personnel a month's salary as well as a match bonus for one of their previous Orange Caf Confederation Cup games.

"We are on strike. We started yesterday (Monday), and we want the management to pay us our signing-on fees. Since the start of this season, we are yet to get one per cent of our signing-on fees.

"The players have resolved to stay away from training until this is addressed. We have done well for the club this season - we are top of the league and we are in the group stage of the Confederation Cup. Yet we haven't got anything this season," said the player.

However, the players will be holding a meeting among themselves at their Pebbles Suit camp in Ijebu-Ode on the situation on Wednesday.

The players are also threatening that they will boycott Saturday's game against visiting Motema Pembe.

But the players have been training on their own without the supervision of head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote.

No club official was available for comment, as Ogunbote declined speaking on the development.

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