Bayelsa exchange N200m debt for free transfer

Bayelsa exchange N200m debt for free transfer

Posted: 15 October 2010 Time: 12:58 pm

Bayelsa United players are negotiating free transfers from the club in lieu of unpaid wages totalling nearly N200m owed to them by the club.

Bayelsa are mired in debt to players, including one hundred and seventy percent of unpaid sign on fees spanning two seasons, a full season of unpaid match bonuses from both league and continental exertions, and unpaid salaries of nearly one full season.

Unable to secure their money, at least eight top players, keen on leaving the club, have collected their clearance papers and will now join other Premier League clubs on free transfers.

Goalkeeper Bassey Akpan and defender Chibuzor Okonkwo have concluded deals with Heartland.

Akpan, for instance, claims to be owed N9.6 million in total, while Okonkwo says he is owed nearly N8 million.

"It is the same thing with other players. And they said they are not prepared to pay, so we decided that the best thing was to come to an agreement and collect our clearance papers so that we can be free to join other clubs," Akpan told kickOffNigeria.com.

Other players who have negotiated their release are Ahmed Kadiri, Martin Ojobo, Bernard Okorowanta, Osas Okoro, Kola Awe and Michael Andrew.

More players are still negotiating with the club, who have been relegated from the Premier League to the National First Division.

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

nigeria one
posted: 02:05 pm
They're the champions last year but suffered first round elimination in the CAF champions league and got relegated at the local league they're suppose to depend the title, all in one season.They are also owing their players more than 200 million naira.This is after after they're allocated more than 850 million for just a season.......yet all the forumites here never deem it worthy of comment,but they keep pointing accusing fingers to the officials of the NFF as if they are the only ones responsible for the downward of nigerian football......or is it because some top officials of the NFF are from northern part of nigeria and officials of Bayelsa are your 'brothers' from the south?pls be just!
NWA NAIJA
posted: 02:16 pm
@ALL:Was the high court where liverpool fc's case was tried a CAS(court of arbitration for sports) or a normal law court? ha ha ha, i hope all forumites now understands what i mean by INFERIORITY COMPLEX. Replace England with Nigeria or any other African country and tell me what would have been FIFA'S reaction. RACISM STILL EXISTS IN FOOTBALL,EVEN IN THE MAFIA CLIQUE CALLED FIFA.
THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
GOD BLESS NIGERIA!
NWA NAIJA
posted: 02:28 pm
@ALL:I WONDER WHY SEPP BLATTER HAS REFUSED TO RETIRE FROM FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATION, EVEN AT THE AGE OF 79(SEVENTY NINE YEARS). BEFORE YOU SHOUT,PLEASE MIND YOU HE IS CONTESTING NEXT YEAR'S FIFA ELECTION COMING UP ON MAY,BUT ONE MAN FROM SOUTH KOREA HAS VOWED TO SNATCH THAT POST FROM HIM (SEPP BLATTER). I JUST HOPE THE SOUTH KOREAN MAN WINS THE ELECTION, THEN MAYBE WE CAN SEE SOME CHANGES IN FIFA AND THEN IN FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATION WORLDWIDE.
I PRAY HE WINS!
GOD BLESS NIGERIA!
NWA NAIJA
posted: 02:41 pm
@Nigeria one: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT THE FORUMITES(I NWA NAIJA IN PARTICULAR) TO SAY,THAT WE HAVEN'T SAID BEFORE? DO YOU THINK THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE ARE READING SUCH A NEWS? MY BROTHER, WE ARE TIRED OF REPEATING WHAT WE HAD SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THAT'S ALL. BUT THEN,
GOD BLESS NIGERIA!
NWA NAIJA
posted: 03:01 pm
Issa Hayatou collapse during a fifa world cup seminar in cairo egypt.GOTO THIS LINK FOR FULL DETAILS. http://www.mtnfootball.com/live/mobile.php?Item_ID=34768
Anonymous
posted: 03:41 pm
GOOD FOOTBALL + bad management = relegation.
The problem of Bayelsa united is some how reletated to se problem. There will never be a good football with bad management.

GOD BLESS NIGERIA!
Anonymous
posted: 07:50 pm
I said it few weeks ago, because our clubs belong to the government, football clubs in Nigeria is a scam, is just another way to share governments money, they don’t pay the players, they don’t have any facilities and they don’t have youth team, it’s all a shamble.
Anonymous
posted: 09:21 pm
@nwa naija. is it just because you see internet that prompted you to write or just seeking attention? what has liverpool case with the owners got to do with nff and fifa case? you need to emancipate yourself intellectually, logically and rationally before you come to public forum to discuss issues. nigeria is the way it is because this type of understanding you have. why don't understand issues before you talk. gosh!!!!
NWA NAIJA
posted: 10:00 pm
@odiichelsea: please tell yourself the truth, with ur response to my comment,who do u think is seeking attention btw d two of us? I bet u don't know d meaning of that word "attention".
Anonymous
posted: 03:49 am
Nigeria. Rotten to the core. Scams, drugs, pimps. Now they exploiting the soccer players. Shame
Anonymous
posted: 04:02 am
@uchi.. Dont allow me reingn curses on you. if you dont have any thing to say why not leave the key board alone?
EdoUnos
posted: 06:15 am
This club is heading for the dungeon, how can they owe players such huge amount of money 4 2 seasons without paying? What were the players also doing there 4 such a time without any action or step to move away? I think this club is dead because the Government is not looking that way at all.
Angelchichi
posted: 06:25 am
AFTER ALSO 2YEARS OF BEEN SILENT ON THIS FORUM WHILE BEEN ACTIVE ON SOME INTL' SOCCER AND SPORTS SITES,I HAVE WATCHED AND READ AND MONITORED ALL FORUMITES COMMENTS ON THIS SITE AND I WAS TEMPTED BEYOND RESISTANCE TO MAKE A COME BACK TO THIS FORUM ESPECIALLY DURING THE WORLD CUP 2010 PERIOD,EVEN WHEN THE ISSUES THAT MADE ME LEAVE HAVE NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. IM GLAD AND SAD TO SAY AM BACK......
Anonymous
posted: 11:11 am
@Nwa naija. Replying you is like glorifying your high level of ignorance and making you relevant which you are not. Just understand things before you comment
SoccerAfrica
posted: 11:13 pm
Nigeria's Amos Adamu implicated in Fifa voting scandal

http://www.afrikansoccer.com/2010/10/nigerias-amos-adamu-implicated-in-fifa-voting-scandal/
Anonymous
posted: 04:15 pm
Why ard the thinking 4 success?
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