The Ondo Football Association has said Sunshine Stars and Sunshine Queens are facing major nutritional challenges ahead of second stanza and super six in few weeks time if government refused to attend to their issues of salaries and match bonuses.
Players have complained of lack of funds to feed themselves ahead of intensive trainings.
Sunshine Queens are owed salaries for 12 and half months with match bonuses over the last four seasons scantily honoured. Similarly, players and staff of Sunshine Stars are reportedly owed over 7 months salaries with match bonuses running into two seasons.
The Football Association noted that players of both teams currently display lethargy and demotivation due to lack of funds from non-payment of wages for both players of the teams.
There has been reports in some quarters that the State Football Association has repeatedly ignored or refused to help both teams without finding out the major issues affecting performance of players.
The leadership of the Ondo State Football Association has made several efforts to meet with the Chairman of the Committee in charge of ODSFA and also the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Ayedatiwa severally but to no avail.
We hereby wish to implore the Deputy Governor to consider making funds available to the players of both teams for this purpose, as poorly fed players can never give their best at training or anything.
Professional football players would become easily fatigued and are at greater risks of diseases, as well as mental health challenges if they are continually subjected to these working conditions. It would also lead to poor productivity, as Sunshine Stars currently experience.
It would be a very positive development if these matters receive urgent attention ahead of the NWFL Super 6 starting at Ijebu Ode in 8 days time and the second half of the NPFL season in 2 weeks time. Sunshine Stars currently sit precariously in the 16th position of the log after 12 winless games while Sunshine Queens have a chance to qualify for the maiden CAF Women Champions League in Morroco later in the year if they receive immediate attention – and if funds are provided for both teams.