Parker, Issah not paid by Red Star
Posted: 11 April 2009 Time: 1:44 pm
Bernard Parker and Mohammed-Awal Issah have not received a cent from Red Star Belgrade since they arrived in Serbia.
According to a report in Blic, a Belgrade newspaper, the former Thanda Royal Zulu striker and his new teammate from AmaZulu, Ghanaian Issah are among those suffering as Red Star reels under a cash and performance crisis. Player demanded a meeting with club boss Dan Tana yesterday, but at this stage whether the meeting, or the outcome if it took place, are unknown. Parker and Issah’s plight emerged yesterday when one of the Red Star players, midfielder Mirnes Sisic, was evicted because the rent of the club’s apartment had not been paid. The club officials have told the newspaper that they are aware of the fact the lengthy financial problems are affecting the players, which was visible during Wednesday’s match when Cedomir Janevski’s men produced arguably the worst performance of his tenure and went down 2-0 to Partizan in a local derby. “We are trying to protect the players from the club problems, to keep them immune from what is going on. I feel sorry for the fans the most, who must have been disappointed with our performance. “We were bloodless and surrendered the initiative to the opposition and allowed them to get to the win without breaking a sweat,” Red Star sporting director Ilija Ivic said after the match when breaking months of silence over the crisis. Ivic confirmed Milijas and Koroman would be leaving the club at the end of the season, and then he commented on the achievements of the latest transfer window signings. “So far only Issah and Parker have had standard form, while the rest of them under-achieved. Pejcinovic will need time to mature as a player, while Sisic needs more match practice to state his case. Despite all, I believe we will have a strong team in the summer with the addition of two or three summer signings.” “This is no time for analyses. Once the season is over, we will scrutinize the performance of everyone at the club.”