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The usual training session of sunshine stars football club of Akure was on Tuesday morning halted by angered former players of Sunshine Stars and Sunshine Queens who staged a peaceful protest to press for the payment of their sign-on fee by the Ondo state football agency, ODSFA.
The players who trooped out in their numbers displayed placards with inscriptions such as “PAY US OUR MONEY” ,”WE ARE TIRED” among others.
They also threatened not to allow sunshine stars to train for their league matches until their sign on fee is fully paid.
Speaking newsmen at the scene of the protest, a former sunshine stars captain James Moses lamented the hardship the delayed payment has caused some of the players which he said are on sick bed and jobless.
The former member of Sunshine stars team at the 2012 CAF Confederation and CAF champions league said no legal action will be taken on his part but pleaded for the payment of sign on fee.
Also a former captain Esther Omajunu of sunshine queens said the the injury sustained while playing for sunshine stars has cut shot her professional career and appealed to the state government and the management of ODSFA to pay them of their benefits
She said some of the players relied on payment from their clubs,while some do not have any job again and need to sustain their families.
Responding,chairman Ondo state football agency Alhaji Tajudeen Akinyemi said previous administration was responsible for the debt but efforts are ongoing to pay the players of their owed sign on fees.
The players are agitating for their various sign on fee from 2012, while some of them were also owed over 28months salaries.