Ex- Sunshine stars, Queens demand sign on fees payment
By Femi Atolagbe
Former players of Sunshine Stars, Sunshine Queens, Rising Stars and Rising Queens, yesterday disrupted the training session of Sunshine Stars FC to protest the nonpayment of their sign on fees owed by the previous administration.
The ex-players, who carried placards with various inscriptions “no more stories, give us our money”…subsequently chased the players that were training out of the playing turf of the State Sports Complex, Akure.
Former Sunshine Queens player, Esther Michael told newsmen that she got injured while playing for Sunshine Queens, but was abandoned to her fate.
Michael added that since after the injury five years ago she had been jobless and there was no help from the management of the State Football Agency (ODSFA).
“Almost five years, which I have been injured and I spent all my last kobo to treat my injury, till now, that was what cut my career short, since then, I have no job, some people have died, because of this money.
“We are making an appeal to Ondo State government to help us out. December has come and most of us, our parents are in the hospital.
Also, Former Sunshine Stars Midfielder James Moses said government should be committed to the agreement it signed with the players; and pay them their sign on fees.
Moses, popularly called “Okomu” in his playing days, said the love the former players had for the team would not allow them to take legal action against the team.
He said the team gave him first premier league experience and was proud to be among the first set of players that played on the continent for the team.
Moses called for the intervention of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the matter so that the ex-players would be happy.
“We depend on this money, we have not taken any legal action, we love this club, we love the state, the state governor should help us, some of us have families to cater for, they should help us,”he said.
In his reaction to the development, Tajudeen Akinyemi, Chairman Ondo State Football Agency, said the previous government had agreed to pay the money in 15 instalments and was only able to pay eight.
Akinyemi said the file for the remaining seven months had been taken to the Head of Service who had raised the issue with the governor of the state.
He promised that government would accelerate action on the file to ensure that the former players were paid.