The Nigerian Premier League may be heading towards controversy as the first walkover of the season may take place this weekend. Skipper of the protesting Sunshine Stars, Sunday Abe, Wednesday morning said on Top Sports programme of Top Radio 90.9 FM that the Sunshine Stars’ players may not honour this weekend’s fixture with Rivers United if their outstanding salaries were not paid.
The players of the club as well as their women counterparts, the Sunshine Queens and officials of the Ondo State Football Agency are being owed salary arrears ranging from six to 13 months.
The players and officials of the state owned football outfits last week staged protests along the streets of Akure and on Tuesday, barricaded the entrances to the Government House.
Skipper of Sunshine Stars, Abe remarked that the players will continue their protest on Wednesday. He said on Top Radio that the players have been surviving on the benevolence of football fans in Akure who sold food items to them on credit, despite their being professional footballers in the Nigerian elite league.
He recalled the ordeal the club had been facing since the beginning of the season and how their bus broke down on the way from a fixture with Nasarawa United. “We got to Akure after midnight”, said the Sunshine captain.
He pointed out that the outgoing governor of the state told them on Tuesday that they should go and look for the Accountant General of the State, Laolu Akindolire, who allegedly had gone into hiding. Governor Mimiko’s tenure ends this weekend.