Akwa United head coach Justin Tenger has beckoned on the Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio to come to the aid of the club.
Tenger who made a switch to Uyo from relegated Niger Tornadoes said Akwa United has promising and very dedicated players that can take the state-owned club to desired heights but the government must cater for their upkeep and fulfil their contractual agreements if they are to be made happy.
The coach in a chat with Goal.com opined that he was surprised his wards could put up the tantalising display they had against Enyimba in Aba last Sunday despite staying away from training for about three weeks to press home their demands to the state government.
He confirmed the team was yet to be paid certain percentage of last season's sign-on fees and that nothing has been collected till date as regards this season.
Coach Tenger said the season would be far from impressive for his side if the Akwa Ibom government does not wade in immediately to settle the outstanding money owed the team.
"I really commend the boys because definitely Enyimba was fitter than my team. We had a lot of hitches somehow along the line. Our preparation has been very slow and shabby as compared to that of Enyimba so I'm very happy with the result and the way they played.
"I will not boast much about having an impressive season because the preparation now in Uyo is very shoddy if I must confess to you. Shoddy in the sense that my players are yet to get anything that is due to them. They do not have anything to push them. They were on strike for three weeks and that is very dangerous for a team like this. They resumed training barely one week ago.
"We have not heard anything from the government yet but we are appealing to the State governor to come to the aid of the team," Tenger said.