Several players of All India Football Federation's (AIFF) developmental side Indian Arrows have put out statements on social media to quash suggestions that they have not been paid for playing in the I-League last season.
Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj had earlier tweeted that AIFF had missed the payments of the Indian Arrows players but four members of the squad - Boris Thangjam, goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Gill, Rahul KP and Lalengmawia, through statements on social media, have clarified that they have received their payments on time.
AIFF runs out of money, awaits clearance of dues by commercial partner via @htTweets https://t.co/t0sOEyfXEH they have missed out salaries of players in INDIAN ARROWS - FSDL RELIANCE pay AIFF... @ramansundar everything is not a money making business #IleagueBachaoFootballBachao— Ranjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) June 27, 2019
The players thanked the Arrows project and expressed their gratitude for giving them an opportunity to play at the highest level. They also urged supporters to support the Arrows project and to not believe rumours.
The four players who have put out their statements on social media were regular members of the Arrows squad under head coach Floyd Pinto during the 2018-19 I-League season. After churning out impressive displays throughout the season, they were roped in by other clubs. Gill, Rahul, Lalengmawia and Boris have signed for Bengaluru FC, Kerala Blasters, NorthEast United and ATK respectively.