Churchill Brothers SC, who have replaced Dempo SC to represent India alongside East Bengal at the AFC Cup this season, are undergoing a financial crunch given that their squad have allegedly not received their salaries for the last three months or so.
“We haven’t been paid for over three months now and it is a very sad situation to be in,” said one of the senior members of the squad to Goal.com.
When contacted club official Macario Rodrigues on the above mentioned issue, he categorically denied that the salaries were delayed.
However the mood in the Churchill camp, who are in Kolkata to face Pailan Arrows on Monday, isn’t the best given that the players aren’t too happy since their salaries haven’t come in yet.
“Back in Goa, some of the boys claimed that they didn’t have money. So Mr.Churchill (Alemao) came and gave some cash to everyone. He assured us that the money will be paid. However that was one month ago and we still haven’t got the wages. We have been told that once we are back in Goa, this issue will be resolved. Let’s hope that it will be,” informed another Churchill player to Goal.com.
It must be noted that Churchill were to be sponsored by NVD Solar, a company based out of Kolkata manufacturing renewable solar energy products, for the next three seasons.
“We are the number one company in solar energy products in Kolkata and East India. We are younger than Churchill Bros club, yet we know will be there for another 100 years. As we set out to promote football and hope that Churchill Brothers will be the numero uno tem in India, we also plan to make a solid presence in the other parts of India. It should be a win-win situation for both,” disclosed Saibal Hazra, Managing Director of NVD Solar Limited, was quoted saying back in May this year when the deal was announced in Goa.
However it seems the deal has hit rough weather and as a direct consequence, the club is facing a financial crunch.
Earlier in the season, Mumbai FC too were in the news after some of their players claimed that they hadn’t been paid for a couple of months.
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