Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Kaduna Utd shelve strike to Wednesday

Players of Kaduna United have been forced to have a re-think about embarking on a planned strike on Monday by head coach, Maurice Cooreman and some members of the club management.

SuperSport.com learned that the players were engaged in a meeting by the club to put forward their plan to go on an industrial action.

The players will now honour their Week 36 game in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) against Niger Tornadoes this Wednesday at the Kaduna Township Stadium.

But the decision to suspend the strike till Wednesday came at the agreement that the sponsor of the club, the Kaduna State government will pay up seven months of outstanding salaries and backlog of match bonuses.

The players are also owed contract fees for this season.

However, a top player of the club told SuperSport.com in clear terms that he and his colleagues will commence the strike immediately after Wednesday’s league game against Niger Tornadoes if their financier fails to pay them.

He added that the players’ revolt will also witness them boycotting their last two games of the season against Sharks and Gombe United – a situation that could lead to the side being relegated according to NPL rules.

“Our coach (Cooreman) and some members of the club board spoke to us. It is because of the respect we have for them that we have decided to wait till after our game on Wednesday before we will go on strike. By Wednesday from 6pm no amount of pleading will placate us except we are paid.

“And we will not play the last two games of the season. We know the consequence of that and we are ready to take our action since no one is bothered about our plight,” the player said.

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