Rivers Sports Commissioner, Fred Igwe
Players of Dolphins have decided to honour Sunday’s CAF Champions League clash with Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon after downing tools on Friday.
SuperSport.com was told by a top official of the club that the players have opted to come out of their strike and resume training on Saturday after shunning the training sessions on Friday.
It was learned that the Rivers Sports Commissioner, Fred Igwe, met with the players at the Elekahia camp of the team in Port Harcourt and immediately paid two match bonuses each out of the 29 owed the players.
He also gave the players the sum of N500,000 to calm frayed nerves ahead of the tie and promised to give another N500,000 if the team defeat Cotonsport on Sunday.
Igwe further promised the players that they will be paid the remaining 27 match bonuses and signing-on fees on an undisclosed date but “soon.”
Meanwhile, Warri Wolves began their campaign in the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup on a goalless note at the National Stadium in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Saturday.
The Nigerians and their Sierra Leone counterparts, FC Kallon battled to a 0-0 draw in the first leg, round of 32 in Africa's second tier club competition.
Wolves' head coach, Maurice Cooreman, started with a back four of captain, Goodluck Onamado, Azubuike Egwuekwe, ThankGod Ike and Mine Ojo while Uche Ossai surprisingly played in front of the defence in a holding role.
The tactics to play the attack-minded Ossai in a holding midfielder role paid off as he ensured that the former Inter Milan striker, Mohammed Kallon had little or no influence on the game.
The block marking of Ossai on Kallon frustrated the owner of FC Kallon, who decided to adopt a rough approach to the game and got book in the 64th minute.
Super Eagles' goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim was in his best form as he also did well to keep out goal attempts by FC Kallon to ensure Wolves left Freetown unscathed.
Cooreman praised his team for securing a draw in Freetown in the post-match conference and assured Wolves will win the return leg.