SPORT El-Kanemi play­ers boy­cott league match

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Play­ers of El-Kanemi War­riors de­cided to stay away from their Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Football League (NPFL) clash at FC Ifeany­i­Ubah yesterday.

Chair­man of the club, Zanna Mo­hammed, con­firmed to Su­pers­ that the play­ers re­fused to travel for the game in protest over un­paid wages.

“It is true that we did not make the trip (for the game against FC Ifeany­i­Ubah),” be­gan a dis­ap­pointed Mo­hammed. “The play­ers are in­sist­ing that they will not make the trip un­less they are paid de­spite our pleas to them.”

Play­ers of the club re­fused to talk to su­pers­ un­less they are guar­an­teed to be quoted anony­mously.

One of the play­ers, who spoke on be­half of his col­leagues, claimed that they are owed eight months salaries, seven match bonuses as well as 145 per cent signingon fees in­clud­ing 45 per cent from last sea­son.

Mo­hammed, how­ever, shed more light on the un­paid wages: “What has hap­pened is that we have paid them the old salary scale and not the en­hanced salaries this sea­son. For in­stance a player who is sup­posed to earn N200,000 has been get­ting N60,000 and we have made their out­stand­ing money in cal­cu­la­tion avail­able to the (Borno) state gov­ern­ment which has promised to off­set ev­ery of the debt soon, in fact be­fore the dead­line (given by the League Man­age­ment Com­pany).”

The Frame­work and Rules of the Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Football League (NPFL) for the cur­rent sea­son states that: “The min­i­mum monthly wage for any player shall not be less than N150, 000 or as the (club) board may de­cide from time to time.”

Mo­hammed agrees that the club have flouted that which has led to the LMC slam­ming El-Kanemi with a sus­pended sus­pen­sion of six points de­duc­tion should they fail to pay their play­ers on or be­fore Oc­to­ber 27 fol­low­ing a 60-day no­tice is­sued to the Maiduguri out­fit.

El-Kanemi failed to show up for the pre-match meet­ing against FC Ifeany­i­Ubah and now risk be­ing walked over thereby los­ing three points and three goals. They could as well face a hefty fine of N10 mil­lion for fail­ing to hon­our their match.

The club chair­man said they have re­ported the play­ers to the LMC for re­fus­ing to hon­our the game de­spite a sum­mary ju­ris­dic­tion the league body di­rected the club to pay the play­ers by Oc­to­ber 27 or face a six-point de­duc­tion.

Mo­hammed claimed that the play­ers did not serve them any form of no­tice of go­ing on strike which has seen them stay away from train­ing ses­sions as well.

They did not give us any no­tice de­spite what has hap­pened, said Mo­hammed.

Osas Jolly of FC Ifeanyi Ubah shields ball away from a blood­ied Shehu Nasir of Lobi Stars.

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