Kada Queens Basketball Players Boycott Training Over 20 Months Unpaid Allowances

By Daily Sports on September 6, 2019

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Kada Queens basketball players of Kaduna are boycotting training over 20 months unpaid allowances, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The protest is coming two days to the commencement of the second phase of the Zenith Bank National Basketball League.

Some of the Kada Queens players told NAN that the state government which owns the team have completely neglected them.

“We are not suspending our protest until we get paid our entitlements,” one of the players said on condition of anonymity.

“There is no hope for the second phase of the Zenith Bank league for us, because we have not received any allowance since last year.

“They are always begging us and giving fake promises without fulfilling any.

“We always do our best to make them proud during league season but we don’t get appreciated.”

Another player said: “Some of us are coming from distant places to play and cannot continue to play without allowance.

“Apart from our personal needs, we also have parents and siblings to cater for.

“We don’t trust the management any longer as previous promises to offset the allowances have gone unheeded.

“If the management value our welfare and the interest of the team, they would do everything possible to settle our allowances.”

The fear of most of the players is that the club management will not pay the outstanding entitlements once the league comes to an end.

Reacting to the players’ protest, Head coach of the team, Simsim Morrison, appealed to them to exercise more patience as the management was working towards offsetting the allowances.

“The players are right to demand for the payment of their allowances, but the timing should be put into consideration.

“I am appealing to the players to exercise patience as we are also looking for a good response from the government.

“We will always insist that the players should be motivated at all times so that they can give us their very best and make our job easier.”

The coach expressed concern that the team may not do well in the second phase of the league if the players refuse to return to training. (NAN)

•Photo shows basketball court 

Source Daily Sports

Posted September 6, 2019


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