Monday, January 23, 2012

Players' mutiny looms at Dolphins

Players of Nigeria Premier League (NPL) champions, Dolphins are threatening to down tool this week, can report.

The players of the Port Harcourt-based club are demanding payment of all 20 outstanding match bonuses from last season's campaign.

The match bonuses stem from league and Cup games in which Dolphins were knocked out at the quarterfinals.

The players have unanimously agreed to go on strike if the Rivers State sports commissioner fails to keep his promise of paying the outstanding match bonuses.

"What is most annoying is that before we travelled for our away game against Sunshine Stars in Ijebu-Ode last season, the commissioner addressed us and told us the money is ready but he didn't want to give us before the trip because of the distractions it could cause," an aggrieved player said under the condition of anonymity.

"He said we will get it as soon as we return and up till now, nothing. Since November last year."

The players are also disenchanted over the fact that more than two months after winning the league there has been no word from the Rivers State government about a reception.

"It is a sad situation that we played all through last year and did not even go for Christmas yet we can't get paid what we suffered for last year.

"That is why we have agreed that we will stop training and stop playing if we don't get our match bonuses owed since last season," the player said.

In the course of last season, Dolphins' players downed tools on three occasions before they eventually got their contract fees.

Dolphins are expected to start their Caf Champions League campaign in three weeks.

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