Sign-on- fees: Dolphins’ players embark on strike
Players of Dolphins FC have
embarked on indefinite
strike action to demand
for payment of their long overdue sign-
Camp sources hinted that the players down
tools on Tuesday and have not returned to the
pitch since then.
“Yes, we are on strike, we have stopped training
since Tuesday” said the source.
“We were at the Government House last month
(September) and the Secretary to state
government addressed, he promised that we
will get a substantial part of the sign-on fees
before the end of September now we are in
October and nothing has happened we might
have to stage another protest walk to the
For many, the strike action the club’s title chase
this season as they in the finals of the
Federations Cup and are also placed third on
the NPFL log.
Meanwhile, General Manager of the team, Joe
Johnson, made the appeal to the players, urging
them to return ahead of Sunday’s clash with
“They have a genuine case, but we have done so
well this season so I ask them to return because
I do not think the sponsor who gave them a
date has forgotten his promise,” Johnson said.
Johnson adds that he has held a series of
meetings with the players and believes that
something good will happen but cannot tell
“My worry is that we are at a critical stage of the
league and we have a tough game against
Enyimba in the Federation Cup final.
“I am believing that something will happen, just
that I cannot tell how soon.”
Johnson adds that while appealing to the
players to return to training, he is doing same to
the sponsors of the club too.
“I have appealed to the sports commissioner,
Fred Igwe who has reassured me that very soon
something will come,” Johnson enthused.
“He says he is in touch with the authorities
which I believe to be government house so we
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