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Bayelsa United players barricade Government House, over unpaid wages

Posted: 10 May 2011 Time: 06:58

Players of former league champions Bayelsa United staged a peaceful march to the Government House in Yenagoa to demand payment of outstanding wages dating over two years. 

The players have been on strike for the past week and last weekend, boycotted their State FA Cup final against rivals Ocean Boys in protest at their unpaid emoluments.

On Monday, they took their protest a step further by barricading the entrance to Government House in Yenagoa where they demanded audience with the governor.

Among their grievances are unpaid sign-on fees for the past two seasons, plus 58 match bonuses for the same period, including their continental exertions.

Defender Jerome Ezoba told that the players could no longer stomach the injustice "Personally, I am owed nearly nine million naira," he said. "How are we expected to live? Even the player who died while playing for us, his family have not been given anything, and nothing has been given to the family of Emma Ogoli who went to Ocean Boys where he also died.

"They are both being owed a lot of money."

Goalkeeper Emmanuel Fabiyi described the situation as inhuman.

“We are here at the Government House to protest the inhuman treatment given to us. For almost four seasons, no payment of sign-off fees and we are being owed over 50 match bonuses. The management has not helped our matter at all,” Fabiyi said.

Ezoba added that the players' action was sparked by a newspaper report quoting a top team official as saying the players had been paid one million naira each in the past week.

"The papers are saying that they paid us one million each, and that is what the government will see. So we came here to make sure the governor heard the true story. That we have not been paid for more than two years."

Fabiyi then went on to paint an even more sordid picture.

“Many of my colleagues who joined the team recently had to sell their cars to enable them feed their families. As I speak to you, we have no bus to transport us around and for training. No kits, boots for players, we now fend for ourselves."

Bayelsa State Deputy Governor Werinipre Seibarugu eventually came out to address the players, expressing the government's surprise at their plight.

At a meeting with the coach George Ederekumo, club captain Ebiki Timitimi and representatives, the deputy governor is said to have told the players that N180 million was approved for the club and said he was unaware they were being owed so much, and for so long.   The deputy governor also promised to ensure that the outstanding debts were cleared. But not before the players made one final demand: that the money be paid direct to them and not through the club officials. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:30 am
Man unkind to mankind!not surprising anyway as we are in a world where promises are easily broken and words hardly kept,the story continues.
hari don pota
posted: 10:05 am
Its a sad story broda y r u turnin CHRIST name to X...its disrespectful 2 a nice day..
posted: 11:25 am
The Junior All Whites have given their FIFA U-20 World Cup confidence a boost with a thrilling 4-3 win over African champions Nigeria at the Suwon U-20 Cup in South Korea today. Uruguay pulled a 1-1 draw with the host country leading the table with 5pts follow by Nigeria with 4pts. South korea(4pts) and New Zealand(3pts) came 3rd and 4th with respectively.
posted: 11:38 am
Why Messi, Tevez, others shun Nigeria duel
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Photo: Sun News Publishing

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More facts emerged last night why Argentina’s Coach, Sergio Batista, decided to keep away his best players from June 1 international friendly against Nigeria. Batista disappointed Nigerian football fans when he announced his second string team ahead of the big match in Abuja.

A list of 22 players released for the game by coach Batista showed the exclusion of the Albiceleste’s star players such as Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez, Angel Di Maria and Diego Milito.
Instead, Batista is looking to test a new line up of players that is not making the Nigerian camp happy and which might dampen the spirit of the highly anticipated contest.

Argentine big boys currently displaying their skills for the clubs in Europe had informed the coach earlier enough about their inability to play against Nigeria in Abuja.
According to a competent source, the players excused themselves, owing to the fact that they would not be able to give their very best in the testy duel in Nigeria.

“Some of the players need rest at that time.
“Someone like Messi would just be vacating from the Spanish team, Barcelona. “He would be on a few days holiday before the match against Nigeria and again, some players may be nursing injuries and they may not be in top shape for such grade A match”.

Nigeria is hoping to use the game as a warm up to her African Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia in June. Another underlying intention is to avenge her 1-0 loss to Argentina in the World Cup.

posted: 11:40 am
Colins i got news for you above. just copy and paste as i did. its free. Guys see what we are hearing from the Argentine camp
posted: 12:49 pm
brother thank you for helping udo, i got the news on sunnewsonline yet Mr udo is yet to wake up, this udo of guy does not know his left and right, we just have to up-date our self here, if we wait for Mr udo, i tell you we will just be carried away all the time, guys keep it up, one love 9ja
posted: 01:37 pm
the important and valuable thing in your name is the CHRIST, please remove the x and put the original CHRIST.
meanwhile, bayelsa state government have been the among the most greedy since the world go, does anyone remember the brigadier commandant Depriye Alameiseiya (if i get the spelling)
posted: 02:01 pm
this is realy babaric to read how can a state so rich with natural belonging cant pay their footballers ,in this modern world were football is fast growing some are still living in the past ;;Dis one na shaME OOO
posted: 06:05 pm
Amuneke to coach Golden Eaglets
On May 9, 2011 · In Sports ..

Former African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amuneke, is being considered to coach Nigeria Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets.

Top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have specially told that Amuneke or former international defender Nduka Ugbade has been proposed to assist the head coach of the Eaglets.

“The job of assistant coach for the Under-17 team is between Amuneke and Ugbade. The NFF technical committee have narrowed the job to the two former internationals,” a top official disclosed.

Former Barcelona winger Amuneke has for several years sponsored a youth club in Lagos, while Ugbade, who made history when he led Nigeria to win the inaugural Under-17 World Cup in 1985 in China, is working with an academy, also in Lagos.

Amuneke has bagged his coaching badges in Spain and has already worked as coach at former club Julius Berger as well as Ocean Boys in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL). further learnt that a more experienced coach will head the country’s schoolboys, who have failed to qualify for the African Junior Championship since 2007.

NFF president Aminu Maigari has already hinted that all arrangements for a new Under_17 team have been concluded and a formal announcement as regards the new coaches as well as the date to kick off a nation_wide screening will soon follow.
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posted: 06:14 pm
If thne picture above depicts the Players of the Nigerian league, How then can we expect the homebased to perform. These guys look completely malnourished and as such cannot give their best to compete with the best. Now i see why most of them eye Europe or even Asia without cutting their teeth.

posted: 06:42 pm
Yet another case of fund misappriation in our beloved country. When are we going to finally get out of the woods? Do we wonder why we struggle to get the right people at the helm of affairs when every elections (even the one at state level) ignites tribal sentiments in the electorate. The country will only move forward if we elect capable people who will eradicate the twin evil of corruption and inefficiency everywhere it rears up its ugly head in our dear nation.
posted: 07:50 pm
WAFU: Togo beat Ghana to top group.Togo will now meet Liberia in the semi-finals on Thursday, while Ghana will face old foes Nigeria
posted: 09:30 pm
Well done Toluwase, you are our in-house reporter. You report the news even before KON. For those who are waiting for KON to report the news, take a clue
posted: 04:16 pm
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