Players and officials of newly promoted side El-Kanemi Warriors have refused to report back to camp because the management have refused to pay their arrears of salaries, allowances and sign-on fees.
The club that will play in the Nigeria Premier League next season are preparing for the coming season but will have to look for money to pay their players and officials before they can think of next season.
A player of the club who preferred anonymity told Goal.com that they went through hardship last season and would not want it to be repeated again next season.
"I am sure you will be surprised to hear that we are yet to receive our sign-on fees for last season. We are also being owed salaries and allowances. We don't want a repeat performance next season and that is why we have refused to return to camp," the anonymous player said.
"We can only return to camp if they pay us what they are owing us. I really don't know when our League will improve to the extent that clubs will pay players as and when due.
"The club is not serious about our welfare in spite of the fact that we did our best to gain promotion to the Nigeria Premier League.
"The Nigeria Football Federation and the Nigeria Premier League are also not serious about making sure players are well treated. The two bodies have not shown enough commitment to the plight of players in the country.
"Without good treatment of the players in the League, they cannot rise to become the best in their chosen field.
"El-Kanemi will wait long before they see any player or coach in their camp in Maiduguri. If we don't adopt these measures, they will not take us serious.
"We want our money because we have worked for it. Except they pay the money they are owing, we cannot return to camp".
El-Kanemi gained promotion to the elite division alongside Nasarawa United, Bayelsa United and Nembe City.