There are not the best of times for players of Dolphins of Port Harcourt, who have threatened not to play again in the Glo Premier League until their sign-on fees for the 2012/2013 season are paid in full.
Striker Ifeanyi Egwim, who was one of the most vocal of the agitators, said the players are in dire straits financially and insisted that only a strike could compel the sponsors to offset the debts. Another player, Victor Ezuruike said Egwim had echoed the sentiments of all of the club’s playing staff.
“We have not been paid our signing-on fees from last season and we have run out of patience. We are going on strike any moment from now,” he told supersport.com on Tuesday.
The attacker said he was not making a unilateral decision but revealed that the players had a meeting and decided that embarking on a strike was the best option to take.
“I am not speaking for myself. I am speaking on behalf of the team,” he said.
Ezuruike added that the players would go on strike because they have faced so much hardship in recent months.
“What (Ifeanyi) Egwim said is true. We are going to go on strike so that we will be paid.
“We have families. People depend on us and if we can’t provide for them, why should we call ourselves breadwinners?
“This is unacceptable and we have to do what we have to do,” he said.