[Ondo]–Players and workers under the Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA) including Sunshine Stars and Sunshine Queens FC on Tuesday, February, 21, 2017 shutdown the entrance of the Ondo State Government house in Akure with a massive protest over non-payment of their salaries.
The aggrieved players in particular who were protesting for the second time in less than 11 days noted that the government failure in fulfilling earlier promises to the team over the issue was the reason they came out massive.
Sunday Abe who is the captain of Sunshine Stars) led the protest in Akure.
“We are here to fight for our right.
Myself and my colleague have 7 month outstanding salaries stuck in only where God knows. Now they said we should go meet the accountant general of the state. We have been deceived and betrayed by authorities repeatedly.” He explained.
He also vowed that he and his teammates would not honor their subsequent Premier League encounters this season in the NPFL unless their demand are met.
It would be recalled that the players on Friday, February 10 took to the streets to protest and were promised that their salaries will be sorted out by the deputy Governor of Ondo State, Lasisi Oluboyo.
However, two weeks after, there has been no development, the players on Tuesday marched to the office of Mimiko to continue the protest.
The players, scared that the transition of governments in Ondo State will further delay their salaries have threatened to pull out of the NPFL 2017 season if their rights are not fulfilled.
Governor Mimiko’s government will soon give way to Governor-elect Rotimi Akeredolu.
In their last game before the protest, Sunshine Stars on Sunday, February 19, got an impressive 1-1 draw away at Nasarawa United FC in match-day 9.
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