Rivers United FC former players raise alarm over unpaid wages , accuse commissioner Green, team manager Kpalukwu of bias
One of Nigeria’s top club side , Rivers United football club have been accused of alleged failure to pay some of its players their owed wages for the services rendered to the club ,during their CAF Champions League campaign.
Rivers United are caught in the web of unpaid match bonuses owed some former players, even when the club had pocked huge some of monies paid to it by CAF for its appearances on the continental prestigious soccer scene .
The affected players, who pleaded for anonymity to avoid victimization accused the Pride of Rivers management led by the state commissioner of sports , Christopher Green of deliberate deprivation of their entitled wages.
They further accused the club’s General Manager, Okey Kpalukwu of been part of the execution of the conspiracy to exclude the deprived players of their legitimate wages.
Our independent checks revealed that most of the affected player are those , who are no longer on the payroll of of the club, namely Ebube Duru, Maurice Chukwu, Ndasi Dennis, Ohawume Malachi, Darlington Ovunda ,Naibe Akpesiri, Chukwudi Lawrence , Lawrence Edward, Agu Kenechukwu, Bolaji Sakin, and Mohammed Shiraz.
However, it was gathered that those players still on the services of the club have been paid same entitlements , resulting in the suspicion of discriminate payment of entitlements as against laid down football wages rules.
An impeccable source confirmed that , club Chief coach Fatai Osho is also being owed two years supposed to be earned assorted wages.
A player who confided in our reporter said “ all they tell us all the time, when we request for our money is that the state government is yet to release funds to the club, that the club is currently borrowing money to run its activities.”
Saying “ we are pleading to the governor of Rivers State to look into this matter because some of us are yet to secure a new job.