Thursday, 19 April 2018

Ex- Coach Demands 23 Months Debt From Senate President Saraki

A former coach of Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC, Yusuf Salihu, has accused the club of owing him N4, 560,000 and has reported them to the Arbitration Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation to facilitate payment of his money.
The Ilorin-based ABS popularly called Saraki Boys is owned by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Salihu claimed the money owed him by the club was his salary for 23 months, as well as signing-on fees for the 2012/13 season.

The coach said he was forced to report the club to the Arbitration Committee after several efforts to get his money failed.

This he said included letters to the ABS chairman on May 16, 2016, as well as a reminder 15 days later.

He added that his lawyers wrote the ABS chairman through the club’s Director of Football on July 13, 2016, which were not replied to.

Salihu said he decided to inform the Senate President about his predicament through a letter dated February 13, 2017 and a reminder on March 27, 2017 but also didn’t receive a response from the ex-Kwara State Governor.

According to him, another letter to the League Management Company, urging them to help in facilitating the payment of his money on March 28, 2017 was also not attended to, thus forcing him to take the matter to the Arbitration Committee on April 11.
“I am owed N4,560,000,” Salihu said.

“I have decided to ignore the Court of Arbitration for Sports for now because of my strong belief that the Arbitration Committee would do justice to my plight and remedy my situation.

“Adama never owed any player, coach, backroom officials a dime before he left the club. He paid all the entitlements.

“But some of the people Saraki entrusted with the club after Adama left betrayed him. Some of them are just using the platform of the club to enrich themselves.”
However, ABS Director of Football, Alloy Chukwuemeka, said he was not aware that Salihu had written the management of the club on the issue and declined to confirm or deny if the club were owing the coach the said sum.

Nigerian clubs are good in owing their workers even when the money is there. 

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