Protesting ex-Sunshine players chase team out

Posted on Feb 22 2018 - 10:27am by admin

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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