By Kayode Ayeni –
Reports from the camp of Shooting Stars Sports Club, (3SC) say the players may go on strike any moment from now as the Oluyole Warriors are still owing them about seven months salaries and match bonuses.
Feelers from the camp told eyeonthenews.com that the players have been playing for 3SC on empty stomach, while the management is yet to fulfill its promise to settle their backlog of salaries.
“Apart from being owed months of salary arrears and match bonuses, most of the players have been playing with various degrees of injuries because the management is not doing much to help their situation. Things are really hard for the players these days”, our source in the camp said.
Even, the promises made by the management that match bonuses will henceforth be paid to the players after every game has not been met. The players and officials didn’t get their entitlements after 3SC’s recent games against Sunshine Stars FC of Akure and Ikorodu United of Lagos.
It would be recalled that the recently appointed Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Oyo State, Mr. Yomi Oke promised to do something about the financial hassles confronting 3SC shortly after his resumption of office, but Oke is yet to fulfill his promise to the team.
This online newspaper further gathered that the civil servants in Oyo State, who are also being owed months of salaries have received two months salary out of their arrears, but the gesture was not extended to 3SC players and their officials.
The unimpressive state of welfare of the players has not only hindered the performance of the team generally, the situation forced former Chief Coach of the club, Kadiri Ikhana to call it quits with the club prematurely this season.
Shooting Stars currently stand in the 16th position on the NPFL log (one step above relegation line) with 36 points, having won 11 matches out of 27, drawn three and lost 13 matches so far this season.
Meanwhile, the Ibadan darling club, 3SC is one of the best performing team in the second stanza of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), having won three of their last four matches.