This is an unfolding story;
It is true that there are sign on fees for two seasons owing the players of Bayelsa United FC– the state-owned Football Club. This is the back story of the quagmire of the Bayelsa State owned football outfit. The story of the bribery scandal was made public by one of the players who preferred anonymity.
According to him, the bribery deal was perfected through one GAMBO GIDEON, and the front runners at the centre of the bribe-not-to-play scandal are SALOMON JUNIOR – the Captain, Oladapo Femi, Azubiuke Okechukwu and Bernard Okorowanta. Other who might have benefited from the bribe include Ambrose Vanzekin and Ebitimi Agogo.
The Bayelsa State Government inherited a huge amount of debt believed to have been owed the players from the past administration. The Restoration Administration has conducted an audit and has processed components of the arrears that are due the players. Already, the players of Bayelsa United have been assured of immediate payments by the third week of November. Gombe’s gain in all of this is that the team will have automatic escape from relegation, if the match between Atland FC of Owerri and Bayelsa United FC does not hold Tomorrow been the Sunday 16th November 2014.
It is surprising that, like the proverbial tortoise that has endured incarceration for a long while, the footballers who are supposed to make the State proud have become vulnerable to bribery. Bayelsans who are privy to the disgraceful scandal suggested that the State Government should take disciplinary action in line with the rules of the Nigerian Football Association. One ex-international from Rivers State who had hindsight of the ugly incident remarked that it is surprising that the several bouts of scandals which has rocked Nigeria’s Football Governing House has sneaked into our own Bayelsa United FC. It is a tragedy of immeasurable proportion.
However, investigations into the scandal will formally be instituted and the culprits will be sanctioned appropriately.
From our Correspondent