It was a show of shame of a gargantuan proportion yesterday in the city of Akure as angry, hungry, dejected and frustrated looking players of Sunshine Stars and Sunshine Queens of the NPFL and Nigerian Female Professional League.
The supposed professional football teams of Ondo State, poured out in their large numbers, stormed and barricaded the road to the Government House in Alagbaka, Akure for the non-payment of their salaries, allowances and match bonuses. The players angrily, bitterly and frustratingly lamented that they’ve not been paid for 7 months, despite still playing games.
The angry looking staffs of the Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA) also joined in the protest as they also complained that they’ve not been paid their salaries for the past 13 months. Even after they were promised that their money would be cleared before February 15. But the deadline was not met, as usual.
The protesters vehemently blocked the road leading to the Government House of the out-going Governor Olusegun Mimiko, with many of them bearing placards with different inscriptions, fiercely pressing for their salaries, allowances and match bonuses to be paid. This is the second protest the players would be staging in 11 days.
Some of the players interviewed lamented that as bad as it is, they are so broke that they couldn’t afford to pay for hospital bills or get drugs for their sick family members and that they’ve been playing on empty stomachs all these while, feeding on hand to mouth. They also said the State Government have been dribbling them for so long.