Saturday, October 15, 2011

3SC stars embark on strike

Players of former Nigerian champions, 3SC, have opted to go on a strike just few days before their Week 35 game against Federation Cup holders, Heartland.

Captain of the team, Shakiru Lawal, told that the players refused to train on Saturday morning due to unpaid contract fees.

He explained that the decision to go on strike is based on the the club deciding to pay players amount ranging from N50,000 to N75,000 instead of clearing out contract fees running into millions.

“The players have decided to go on strike this (Saturday) morning. As I speak with you they have boycotted the morning training. And as the captain of the team, I was told to speak to them, which I did but they said this is the right time to go on strike and seriously there is nothing I can do about that.

“I am also a player of the club and the situation on ground is really biting hard on me just like my colleagues. I feel it is unfair to us that after signing contracts worth millions of naira all we are given now is N50,000 or N75,000,” said Lawal.

The midfielder also revealed that the club told the players that they have been unable to raise enough money to offset their contract fees.

General manager of the club, Mutiu Adepoju, confirmed to that the players have embarked on a strike.

But he said they (the players) are yet to inform the club in an official manner about their plan.

“Yes I have just been told about the decision of the players (to go on strike). But we are yet to be communicated to,” Adepoju, a former Nigeria international, said on Saturday via telephone.

The Oluyole Warriors currently occupy 15th position in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) standings with 41 points - five above the drop zone.

3SC face Heartland, Juth, Lobi Stars and Dolphins in their last four games of the season.

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