Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) players are on an indefinite strike to press home for the payment of their salaries ahead of their final day make or mar clash at Niger Tornadoes on Sunday.
The players who are being owed salaries, allowances and match bonuses by the management practically stayed away from their training ground at Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Tuesday.
The team is scheduled to depart Ibadan today for Lokoja to face Niger Tornadoes in Sundayâ€™s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 38 clash at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.
Supersport.com source said the players are insisting on being paid all their entitlements before returning to the pitch for the all-important match at Niger Tornadoes on Sunday.
â€œThe players said pointedly that they are fighting for their right to be paid salaries, allowances and match bonuses.
â€œThey are insisting on not calling off the strike or returning to the training ground until every indebtedness owed to them is fully paid by the management.
â€œThey feared that the management will not pay the outstanding entitlements once the on-going league season comes to an end on Sunday.
â€œThey appeared not to trust the management any longer as previous promises to off-set the bills have gone unheeded.
â€œThey reasoned that if the management value their welfare and the interest of the team they could even break bank to pay knowing fully well that anything short of three points at Niger Tornadoes will spell doom for the team,â€ said the source to supersport.com.
An unnamed member of the coaching crew said though the players have the right to demand for their salaries they should be considering the precarious state of the team on the top-flight log.
â€œThe players are right to demand for the payment of their entitlements but the method, timing and state of the team should be put into consideration.
â€œI think there is always a better way to fight for oneâ€™s legitimate right especially when it comes to salaries.
â€œOf course, we will always insist that the players should be well-motivated at all times so that they can give us their very best and make our job a bit easier.
â€œRight now the players are putting the coaches and team into a very tight corner knowing the daunting task on our hands.
â€œGod forbid the players failed to have a change