24 February 2013

Nigeria: Akwa Beg Eagles to Shun Victory Party

Aggrieved Akwa United players have called on the Super Eagles not to honour an invitation from the Akwa Ibom State Government to host them for winning the 2013 AFCON.

Speaking with MTNFootball.com, one of the players said they don't know why the government would choose to reward the Eagles who worked for the nation and have been rewarded by Federal Government at their detriment.

"I am begging the Super Eagles on behalf of my fellow players at Akwa United not to come for the reception the Akwa Ibom State Government is planning for them.

This is because we have not been paid our sign-on fees for the past two seasons on the account that there is no money. Now they have money to shower on the Eagles who are rich already," the player told MTNFootball.com.

"The Eagles should help us send a message to the governor to use the money he wants to spend on them to pay us because we are dying here.

"We are being owed 20% from 2010/2011 and 80% sign on fees for last season. We don't know our fate this season.

"We need their help because they are big boys."

The player further said: "We tried to see the commissioner and the Governor on our case to know what the problem is, but our chairman Isang Isong has always made it impossible for us to see any of them, may be he doesn't want us to expose him.

"This is an opportunity for us to let the Governor hear our voice that we are suffering."

Another player said, "This is an eye service, we have not been paid because the chairman has always made us to believe there is no money, now we know there is money, let them pay us instead of spending it on the Eagles.

"We would really appreciate if the Super Eagles didn't show up for the reception here and beg the Governor on our behalf."

Delta and Lagos State Governments have so far showered N81million and N59million respectively on Eagles for winning the recent Nations Cup in South Africa.

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