RTU players boycott pre-season over five months unpaid wages

Real Tamale United (RTU) players have boycotted the club’s planned pre-season training ahead of the 2022/23 Ghanaian football season, LUV Sports can reveal.

A statement was issued by the club’s management on Monday asking the players to report for pre-season training on Tuesday.

But the club’s public relations officer, Sey Mubarak, told LUV FM the players refused to show up for training due to unpaid wages and other bonuses.

There is a growing revolt in the Tamale-based side’s camp and according to the PRO, the players as well as the technical team and management have not been paid since March 2022.

He pointed out that the players have made the decision to only show up for training when their unpaid wages are settled.

“The fact is that they [players] have not been paid since the end of the season, I think since March until now the players, the technical team and even the management have not been paid,” Mubarak said.

“The mandate of the technical and management team expired at the end of the season and there were calls for the two departments to be disbanded fortunately the board decided to give the mandate to the management and the technical team to continue but the head coach, Shaibu Ibrahim Tanko refused to continue for personal reasons.

“We had a conversation with Baba Nuhu Mallam who is the head coach of the Black Maidens and he accepted the offer.

“He was so hopeful because he had spoken to around 80 per cent of the players who were ready to show up but he showed up for training yesterday only to meet a few supporters and a couple of management without them. players and of course the players unanimously agreed that if they don’t get paid they won’t come back.

Sey Mubarak pointed out that the management team had reported the situation to the Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Subana, and they hoped the matter would be resolved as soon as possible.

“We had to go to the chairman of the board to tell him that the statement they made on Monday didn’t work because the players refused to come to train, so it’s an urgent situation that must be resolved immediately.

“So he also took the matter to the boss of the club who is the regional minister.

“Hopefully sometime today or tomorrow we get some positive news from there so we can let the players know what money we probably need to give them before they return,” he said. -he adds.

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