Barely 24 hours after Kaduna United defeated Crown of Ogbomosho 5-0 in a week 27 NPFL fixtures, players of the club has staged a peaceful protest to demand for their 12 months unpaid salaries.
The protest, which started at about 10:15 am at the premises of the Kaduna State Ministry of Youth and Sports took the players to the Kaduna State Government House and later back to the office of the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Hon. Bashir Zubairu. Spokesman of the protesting players and captain of the team Emmanuel Ambrose said they are not fighting the government, but only demanding for their right.
He continued by saying most of the players are breadwinners of their family and they have bills to settle. He further added that the lack of salary has really affected their morale and as well was responsible for their poor standing on the league table. Linus Adams a player of the club expressed sadness at their plight and urged the authority concerned to rise to the occasion. Also speaking was David Amani who pleaded with the state governor to please consider their plight and find a solution to their problems.
Most of the players were carrying placards with different inscription; some of the inscription on their placards read: Pay Us our 12 months salaries, Governor Yero Kaduna United is your responsibility, We are hungry, Pay us our money, no money, no football among many others.
The Commissioner of Sports Hon. Bashir Zubairu later who later addressed admitted that the players were owed salaries, but disagreed that the amount owed is up to 12 months. He however promised to check their records and ensure something positive is done.
He blamed the past management of the club for the huge debt profile of the club while adding that the previous management did not build any structure for the club. He said on his assumption to duty as commissioner he liaised with other stakeholders in the club with the governor’s directive insisting that they are doing their best to build a better structure that would guaranteed a better future for the club.