Nigerian Professional football league side, Katsina United have been reportedly owed Seven months of Salary and the Players are ready to storm the Government house to make their demands for Payment met.
Protest against the incessant banditry attacks and rape are still very much ongoing with the Governor, Aminu Bello accepting failure due to his inability to protect the people who elected him and if the rumors are true, his administration is set to be dealt another blow as several Katsina United players who spoke anonymously for fear of being victimized are ready to take their displeasure to the office of the governor.
One of the players said, “Please, [make them] pay us. That is what we all want now because seven (7) months [no be beans].”
Continuing he added, “Our plan now is to match to Katsina State Government House to stage a peaceful protest as regards our unpaid salaries.”
Another player who expressed confidence in the governor’s leadership of the state said, “Governor Masari is a governor of the people. I am sure he will listen to us and put an end to this.”
He continued, “Their (Katsina United Management) believe was that we have all traveled. They will be surprised how we will go about it.”
The last player who spoke berated the club’s management for the disinterest being shown towards the plight of the players, he said, “We are suffering badly. We keep borrowing and continue to live on credit at home. This is very bad. We, the players have cried loud to their hearing but they kept deaf ears on our cry out.”
On the club’s management refusal to speak to the players, he said, “We called the chairman, Prince Badamasi Abdulssamad and club secretary, Sani Tinau on several occasions but they refused to answer the calls.
Katsina United FC per Section IV, Articles 13 and 14 of the FIFA regulation on the Status and Transfer of Players also stand the risk of losing their entire team without compensation as these players are allowed to terminate their contract and move clubs once the transfer window is open.
It would also be interesting to see the course of action from The Nigeria Football Federation and League Management Company in protecting the rights of the players in the NPFL against clubs like Heartland FC (already being sanctioned by FIFA) and Katsina United FC who are owing players for four and seven months respectively.
Here is the FIFA rule which guides this sort of case