Players and officials of Ondo State-owned football club, Sunshine Stars FC, Tuesday alleged that the state government was making moves to sell the team, a move, which they said would not be favourable to them and their career.
They also decried the non-payment of seven-month arrears by the state government, lamenting unbearable consequences to their career and livelihood.
In their scores, the members of the team trooped out to protest in Akure metropolis, disrupting vehicular movement from their office to the road to the Governor’s Office gate.
The players, who dressed in sporting wears, brandished various placards with inscriptions: “Save Sunshine Stars,” “Mr. Governor help us, pay our salary;” among others, singing solidarity songs to drive home their demands.
Security officials were present during the peaceful protest to prevent any break down of law and order. Mr. Sunday Abe, who spoke on behalf of the team, said the players found it difficult to cater for their financial needs due to the backlog of salaries owed them by the state government.
Abe, who also expressed displeasure over the plans to sell off the team, urged the state government to consider the players in their decisions.
Addressing the players, Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, appealed for calm at the Governor’s Office gate and debunked the alleged plan to sell the team, saying it is a mere rumour.
Aiyedatiwa noted that stakeholders would be involved before taking such action and also promised to work on the outstanding wages of the players to be paid as soon as possible.