Peter Dada, Akure
Some ex-players of Premier League outfit Sunshine Stars on Wednesday prevented the team from training at the Ondo State Football Agency’s practice pitch in Akure.
Our correspondent learnt that the former players of the Akure club took the action to protest against the state government’s failure to pay them their signing-on fees for about three seasons. The struggling club are owned by the state government.
Witnesses said the protesters stormed the ODSFA training pitch when the players were getting ready for training and chased them out of the place.
Our correspondent learnt that some of the protesters had vowed they would continue to disrupt the activities of the team until they were paid their entitlements.
A source said, “The players were chased out of the pitch this morning (Wednesday) by the ex-players, when Sunshine Stars players came for their normal training. After chasing the players out, they locked up the premises.”
However, the source said the officials of the side pleaded with the protesters who later allowed the team to train on the pitch.
The state Commissioner for Sport and Youth Development, Mr. Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, confirmed the development and said the government would look into the matter.
He said, “It is true that the ex-players were being owed by the last administration, not our administration. But in spite of that, we will look into their matter. If they have a genuine case, we will see what we can do but we are definitely going to act on their matter.”
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