.Owena Whales players unhappy at inhuman VAT deductions
Sunshine Stars risk missing out on the three points at stake in their weekend NPFL MatchDay 20 tie against FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi after the players threatened not to honour the fixture because of what they termed underhand deductions in the guise of value-added tax remittance from their wages.
The Owena Whales have been impressive this season and have only lost a game in their last six fixtures. They are fourth on the league table with 30 points from 19 games at the end of the first round with only two points shy of the last continental slot presently occupy by Rivers United.
It is at this point they need the support of the club management as they are only two points away from the last continental berth through the league but their efforts could be derailed by the present skirmishes between the players and the management over the manner the tax was deducted from their last salary payment.
It was gathered that the players managed to train on Wednesday morning after some persuasive words from the head coach, Kabiru Dogo but they didn’t emerge for the evening session and have opined that they would continue to boycott the remaining training sessions including their weekend duel with the Anambra Warriors if the inhuman deductions made to their salary for the month of January 2020 are not reversed.
Www.dasportstainment247.com was informed that disquieting thoughts pervaded the camp of the Akure based side on Tuesday when they received alert for their salary for January and they noticed that the VAT deducted from it was to the tune of 100 per cent instead of the normal five per cent of players and officials’ specified wages.
This reportedly caused chaos among the players who were already miffed at the irregular match bonuses payment from the management. Sources close to the camp of the team disclosed that the players and officials are owed about 12 match bonuses and have only been paid once.
The players and officials are also allegedly being owed some feeding allowances of some previous league matches they have executed this season after they were made to embark on the said games with the assurances that they would be paid on their return.
www.dasportstainment247.com was informed that the players shunned the Thursday morning training session and have vowed not to embark on the trip to Nnewi for their weekend league tie if something urgent is not done to arrest the situation.
Sunshine Stars have the broader prospect of featuring on the continent for the first time since 2012 when they got to the semi-final of the CAF Champions League but some unpopular decisions of the management could scuttle this.
Some of the players who spoke on the condition of anonymity pointed out that the alert they received for the January salary payment indicated that the money had been cut to almost half of the total sum because of the alleged VAT deductions.
They pointed out that with match bonuses non-existing and some of their feeding allowances yet to be paid, the current deductions showed the management’s insensitive to the plight and well-being of the players who have been making sacrifices to ensure that Sunshine Stars are within the frame of their first league title this season.