Dolphins Fight Over ‘Poor’ Estacode, Warri Wolves Set For Ethiopians
One of Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup, Dolphins FC, may be fishing in troubled water, following agitation by the players that the $500 estacode offered them for the trip to Tunisia should be increased.
The Port Harcourt based club missed its flight to Lagos on Thursday, where they were expected to connect a flight to Dubai enroute Tunisia for the first leg of their tie against Club Africain.
But in Warri, Delta State, the second Nigerian representative in the CAF Confederations Cup, Warri Wolves FC, have vowed to beat the visiting Dedebit SC Football Club of Ethiopia silly to make the return leg a mere formality.
A 24-man team made up of 18 players and six officials from Ethiopia sneak into Warri on Thursday for the match fixed for today at the Warri City Stadium.
Somalian referees led by Hassan Mohammed Hagi will handle today’s match in Warri. Others are Hamza Hagi Abdi, Bashir SH Abdi Suleiman and Bashir Olad Arab. The Match Commissioner is Al-Hadj Jawulu from Ghana.
Speaking with The Guardian after their training yesterday, captain of Warri Wolves, Goodluck Onamado said they were ready for the task saying: “We crashed out of the competition at this stage last year, but this time around, we will do everything possible to scale through. Our aim is to win convincingly here so that the return leg in Ethiopia will be a mere formality.”
Dolphins Media Officer, China Acheru, who spoke from the Murtala Mohammed International airport in Lagos yesterday said: “Yesterday (Thursday), we were supposed to board a flight at 3:30 pm to Lagos and connect a flight to Dubai by 9:30 pm.
Sometime at about 11 am, the players started agitating that they will not participate in the match in Tunisia, if the estacode being offered was not proper.
“Some of us spoke to them, trying to make them understand that there was no big amount the club could afford. Estacode is paid when the club can afford it. And we tried to let them understand that in 2012, when the state government gave a high amount as estacode, it was because the state had money to give to the club. It is not a fixed amount. Right now, everybody knows that River State government does not have the kind money they had four years ago, so the club cannot afford to pay a high estacode.
“We said we will give the players $500 each, but they are asking for more. The next flight is at 3pm (yesterday afternoon) which we hope to catch to Dubai and the match is 3 pm tomorrow (today) in Tunisia,” he said.
Acheru, however, confirmed that the players were being owned six months salaries.
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