Niger Tornadoes players to start six days warning strike on Thursday

After waiting in vain to get part of their sign on fees for the season, the Minna-based team’s players are ready to go on strike
Niger Tornadoes players have alerted of their plans to embark on a six days warning strike immediately after their NPL Week 33 duel against Rangers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu to press home the delay in the payment of their sign-on fees for the current 2011-12 season.

In a text message made available to, the players disclosed that having watched the situation of things from what is obtainable in the past, if they fail to get the major part of their sign-on fees before the end of the season, it might not be possible for them to get the money again.

“We are sending this message to you to let you know that we have endured enough and have concluded plans to embark on a warning strike that will last for six days to ensure that something is done about our sign-on fees of which nothing has been paid since this season began," the message said.

“This is what happens every season, but we are not going to take it lying low this time. If we don't talk and shout and we dont get any money, then we are going to forfeit it and the management will not pay us again.

"We will try to honour the match against Rangers but immediately after that, we are not going to train and will not be ready for any league match until something is done to our sign-on fees.

“We are bread winners in our respective families and we are saying we deserve better treatment than what we are getting from the Niger State government and from the management of Tornadoes.

"We have been doing our best to ensure that the club gets away from the relegation zone but our efforts have not been complemented by the owners of the club and this we are not happy about at all,” the annonymous text message concluded.

Tornadoes are 14th on the log with 42 points from 32 matches but are just two points away from the drop zone with barely six matches to the end of the season.