Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) players are on an indefinite strike to press home for the payment of their salaries ahead of their final day make or mar clash at Niger Tornadoes on Sunday.
The players who are being owed salaries, allowances and match bonuses by the management practically stayed away from their training ground at Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Tuesday.
The team is scheduled to depart Ibadan on Thursday for Lokoja to face Niger Tornadoes in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 38 clash at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.
Supersport.com source said the players are insisting on being paid all their entitlements before returning to the pitch for the all-important match at Niger Tornadoes on Sunday.
“The players said pointedly that they are fighting for their right to be paid salaries, allowances and match bonuses. They are insisting on not calling off the strike or returning to the training ground until every indebtedness owed to them is fully paid by the management.
“They feared that the management will not pay the outstanding entitlements once the on-going league season comes to an end on Sunday. They appeared not to trust the management any longer as previous promises to off-set the bills have gone unheeded.
“They reasoned that if the management value their welfare and the interest of the team they could even break bank to pay knowing full well that anything short of three points at Niger Tornadoes will spell doom for the team,” said the source to supersport.com.
An unnamed member of the coaching crew said though the players have the right to demand for their salaries they should be considering the precarious state of the team on the top-flight log.
“The players are right to demand for the payment of their entitlements but the method, timing and state of the team should be put into consideration.
“I think there is always a better way to fight for one’s legitimate right especially when it comes to salaries. Of course, we will always insist that the players should be well-motivated at all times so that they can give us their very best and make our job a bit easier.
“Right now the players are putting the coaches and team into a very tight corner knowing the daunting task on our hands. God forbid the players failed to have a change of mind to train and we failed to get the desired result against Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja on Sunday the team is doomed.
“Already we have wasted precious time to have trained adequately for the expected difficult match at Niger Tornadoes. We hope to travel to Lokoja on Thursday but what quality of team are we going to confront the lions in their den.”