Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tornadoes hold showdown talks

Players and management of Niger Tornadoes on Friday were locked in talks that lasted less than an hour in Minna over contract fees.

The playing personnel of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) outfit had threaten to boycott Sunday's game against Heartland billed for the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna. was informed that the players had planned to embark on strike from Friday until the club management chaired by Abdullahi Paiko and head coach Justin Tenger intervened through pleas.

The players have now decided to drop their planned strike to play against Heartland but are expecting to be paid next week.

"Players had a meeting to strike today (Friday) and to boycott Sunday's rescheduled (league) game with Heartland. The club management and coach rushed to pacify them, and the players rescinded their position.

"They (the players) will now play the game (against Heartland) but expect to be paid next week. New management promise to do their best to see they get paid," a club source told

Niger Tornadoes are yet to pay their players contract fees for this season.

Tenger's team are currently on 40 points and occupy 15th position.

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