Immediate past Sunshine Stars coach, Duke Udi has dismissed the manner at which he was sacked as laughable and thinks that the management of Sunshine Stars do not understand the intricacies of a formal contract.
The former Giwa FC and Osun United coach revealed this in an exclusive chat with Magic FM Aba on Saturday evening when he was contacted for his side of the sack story.
“It is laughable because I don’t think they understand what is called a contract and if they do, they should know that a contract can only be terminated either by mutual consent or by expiry of the contract and not just anyhow else.
“You can’t just wake up and terminate a contract that has a legal backing. I don’t know if they know what a contract entails,” he said.
He also revealed that despite working with Sunshine till his sack on Saturday, the Akure based club failed to pay the January salaries of both him and his assistant when they (Sunshine Stars) were paying that of other staff.
“We’ve been working all through this period (up until March) without pay and when they paid January salaries, I and my assistant were not paid,” he added.
He went further to state his desire to put the matter to rest and blamed Sunshine for escalating the issue which forced him to talk.
“I want to put this matter to bed. I want the general public to know that I, Duke Udi, don’t like talking about my former employers. I’ve not spoken badly about any of them. It is so unfortunate that we’re dragging this issue and I’d so because they brought it out first,” Duke Udi told Magic FM Aba.
The coach who feels disrespected by the nature of his sack, promised to take the matter to the League Management Company (LMC) and trusts that they handle it.
“The nature of the sack was so disrespectful and thats what made me come out to say it.
“I trust the LMC and their method of handling litigation issues. I have a contract, I am law abiding, and I respect them (LMC) and that is why I’ll be taking my case to them. The outcome will determine where we’ll go from there,” he concluded.
Sunshine Stars have had a myriad of problems this season with a bulk of them off the field incidents involving former staff and players and this had seen the Owena Waves punished with points deduction at one point, and disallowed to register players at another by the LMC.
The trouble-laden South West club are the only state owned club from the region in the NPFL and are laced with litigations from former staff.