Friday, July 15, 2011

Sunshine Stars call off strike

Players of Nigeria Premier League (NPL) side, Sunshine Stars, on Friday morning decided to put to an end to a week-long strike, has been informed.

The development comes a day before the club's Orange Caf Confederation Cup game against DR Congo's Motema Pembe at the Gateway International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode on Saturday.

Chairman of the Ondo State Football Agency (OSFA), Segun Adagunodo, who also heads the management of Sunshine Stars met with the players on Friday morning at their Pebbles Suit camp.

Adagunodo was said to have pleaded with the players to return to work after downing tools in the past four days.

The chairman of OSFA promised the players that their contract fees will be paid soon by the Ondo State government.

"The chairman of the club spoke to us this (Friday) morning around 10am and promised that they will pay us our signing-on fees soon. He also said that the club recognises the good work we have done so far this season, and begged us not to spoil everything at this point.

"So we have decided to call off the strike because of the way the chairman spoke. He is a father to us here and we have decided to give him that respect. We also have respect for the Ondo State governor and people of the state," a player of the club told

Our correspondent was also informed that the Special Adviser on Sports to the Ondo State governor, Akin Akinbobola, spoke to the players via telephone during the meeting to assure them that their contract fees will be paid.

The players are expected to resume training on Friday evening under the supervision of head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote.

Sunshine Stars players had embarked on a strike on Monday to demand for payment of their contract fees for this season as well as a month outstanding salary and a match bonus.

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