Maiduguri - Players of El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri have
blamed the League Management Company for their woes, as the club’s indebtedness
to her players enters the 9th month this December with no sign of an end in
Late last week, the players were invited back to Maiduguri
from their holidays with the promise that they would get paid the arrears owed
them, but when they came from across the nation to meet the management, it was
the same old song as the management and the State Commissioner for Sports
promised them that they would be meeting the Governor to ensure that they would
Enraged, the players stormed the Government House Maiduguri
vowing not to leave there until they see the Governor.
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"I received a distress call from the players almost in
tears," reveals renowned sports lawyer and Players' advocate Barrister
Johnny Precious Ogbah.
"The players blame LMC for their woes, saying if the
LMC had been serious with the six points deduction the management would have
paid them their entitlements since. You will recall that the LMC first gave the
club 60 days to pay or lose six points but they didn't pay.
They were also given 15 working days yet they did not pay
and the only excuse the LMC gave is that they have received assurances from the
State Governments that the money would be paid. That is not good enough, and
till date the money has not been paid, leaving this players in so much
"During the season the players went on strike to force
their payment, instead of pressurizing the club the LMC threatened the players
with life bans if they ever tried to fight for their rights again, and even
went as far as reversing the walk over that was as a result of the strike. This
amounts to giving EL-Kanemi Warriors a pat on the back and a thumbs up for
owing the players, and they have reciprocated by refusing to pay the salaries
they owe these boys.
“The players said to me categorically, that they are
disappointed in the LMC for supporting EL-Kanemi to cheat them, and that they
fear that their money will never be paid. They also blamed their woes on a
Northern conspiracy, saying the LMC are pampering El-Kanemi Warriors because
they are a Northern club.
"Justice must be done and seen to be done. I am closely
watching the whole scenario, and considering all legal options available.
Players welfare is paramount to the success of our football, and we cannot
allow clubs and administrators continue to make them suffer like this,”
barrister Ogbah said.For
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