Players of Enugu Rangers are not happy with the management over the continued delay in the payment of their outstanding sign on fees from last season.
Majority of the players who spoke to Goal.com on condition of anonymity said that they may resort to a strike action if the management fails to clear the outstanding sign on fees from last season and do something about this season's sign on fees.
"We don’t know what is happening to our sign-on fees. This season will soon end and we are still talking about sign on fees of last season,” said a player who preferred anonymity.
"We don't know when they will start paying this season's sign on fees and we are worried. We are not comfortable giving our best in all matches because it seems we may not get last season's sign on fees before the end of the season.
"We are saying all these because nobody should blame us if we fail to get a continental ticket at the end of the season. It is not good that we suffer like this and nothing comes to us at the end of the season.
"New players have been recruited and how are they going to be paid? All these will never encourage us to strive to win the Premier League title," the players fumed.
In reaction to the claims of the players, Rangers chief executive officer Paul Chibuzor Ozor said that report of the players growing impatient over the balance of last season's sign on fees is false and that the players are focused on getting silverware this season.
Chibuzor opined that the management of the coal city side is doing all that is possible to keep the players happy.
"The report of disharmony and that the players are unhappy is false. They went to Uyo over the weekend and got a deserved draw. Rangers are among the best clubs in the NPL in terms of players’ welfare.
"We have paid all their match bonuses and salaries as and at when due. The only match bonus yet to be paid is the last match they played against Akwa United and they will get it as soon as they return to Enugu from Bauchi.
"We have the approval for the rest of the sign on fees that is yet to be paid from the state governor, Sulivan Chime and very soon it will be paid along with some part of this season's.
"We are focussed this season and we want to win the Premier League title and nothing will derail us," Chibuzor boasted.