The players of Nigerian premier league side, Akwa United are currently on strike because of the non-payment of 100% sign on fees (20% from last season, 80% from this season). The strike began last Saturday, a day after the players received their May 2012 salary.
One of the players who spoke to Connoisseur.com on condition of anonymity said they feel bad that after taking the team back to premier league, there have been neither reward nor financial incentives to spur them up.
He said “The management has been ‘eating’ the money while players are suffering. The players got the team back to the premier league but there has been no compensation from the government. We are a government team. My brother, we have families at home waiting for us to come home but you can’t go back empty handed. We really suffered last year and when the governor eventually released some money for the team, it wasn’t enough to take care of all the debts owed the players. He should have given money to defray all the old debts at once. It is unfair”.
The source said the players are planning to boycott the match against Dolphins FC at Uyo Stadium on Wednesday if their sign-on fees are not paid in full.