Players of Port Harcourt clubs in the Glo Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Dolphins FC and Sharks FC, have agreed to go on an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries, according to SuperSport.com.
Captain of Sharks FC, Odinga Odinga told Super Sport that players of both teams will play no other match this season until the unpaid financial entitlements are sorted out accordingly.
“We have downed tools. We will not play again until our financial entitlements are paid.
“This (the Sharks versus Dolphins NPFL clash) is our last game this season unless something is done,” Odinga said.
It was reported that three weeks after resuming office, the Rivers state governor, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike approved approved the payment of eight months’ salary arrears to players of both clubs in June but the players complain that the salary structured of different from the enhanced one signed.
“Yes, we thank the governor for the money he approved just three weeks after he assumed office but that was not the actual thing.
“What was approved was the old salary structure for players and not the enhanced salary structure,” he said.
Dolphins FC captain, Festus ‘Agada’ Austin, also learned his voice on his teams position relating to the indefinite strike.
“We will not train again unless we are paid,” he said.
Both Port Harcourt clubs are relegation threatened after 31 league matches. Sharks FC are presently placed 16th with 36 points, and 2 points above 17th placed Dolphins..