A top official of 2010/2011 Nigeria Premier League(NPL) champions, Dolphins of Port Harcourt has informed Goal.com that the challenge of paying players' sign-on fees for last season would soon be a thing of the past as the payment of all match bonuses and other players entitlements have been done recently.
The Port Harcourt dwellers had a near forgettable experience last season when they were expected to defend the league title won the previous campaign but instead were eliminated before the group stage of the Caf Champions League and also battled relegation before a narrow escape on the final day of the season.
Stanley Eguma, the technical adviser, confessed to Goal.com that the lean purse of the club for most part of last season affected their campaign but said he was pleased with the efforts currently being made by the State government to ensure that all outstanding debts are cleared before the start of the league season.
Eguma stressed that the government started with refurbishing the somewhat obsolete Dolphins' camp and the payment of all outstanding bonuses and salaries accrued from last season while adding that the government has also promised to pay last season's sign on fees within the coming days.
"I will have to agree with you that we had a tough time last season but we were happy to retain our top flight status at the end of it all.
"We had issues with funds last season but things have started to improve and as I speak with you, no player is owed either bonuses or salary because all that has been settled.
"Sign-on fees is the only debt yet unpaid and I can reveal to you that the Rivers government is working seriously on that and it will be paid in a matter of days," Eguma, a former assistant coach with Nigeria's U-23 team, told Goal.com.