Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC, has reacted to a statement by one of the brothers of its late player, Izu Joseph, over alleged non-payment of salary and match bonuses.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Jubril Arowolo, the club acknowledge that it is owing the late player, who was killed while on holiday in Bayelsa, but added that the club has been paying into his father’s account since the last six months, as agreed by the family.
Read the full statement below:
Our attention has been drawn to a letter from one Reuben Izu to the government of Oyo State on behalf of the family appealing for the payment of salaries and allowances the club owing the late player.
While we acknowledge that the club is owing the late player, it is very pertinent to put the record straight that, hardly would a month pass without paying into the account of Pa Joseph Izu Snr, the father of the deceased player, as requested by the family in the last six months.
This did not go down well with the said Reuben who wanted the payments in his account instead, a situation currently causing frictions within the family.
We had refused to join issues with Mr Reuben Izu as a mark of respect for the late player but this reaction is necessary in order to put a stop to the mischievous manner in which the man is going about the issue.
It is unfortunate that the late Izu Joseph died while on holiday in his home town, still the club contributed immensely to give him a befitting burial as our dedicated player while he was alive.
On our part, we are committed to offset his outstanding salaries and this position was acknowledged by an official of the National Association of Professional Footballers, NPFL, Mr Austin Popo during his visit to our office last Friday.