Nigeria Professional Football League side Rivers United have sanctioned five of their players on their pay roll.
The team which finished second in the 2016/2017 league season has struggled to replicate last season’s achievements. With five more matchdays before the end of the 2017-2018 League season, they are third bottom on the table.
Three of the players rumoured to be midfielder Nzube Anaezemba, striker John Odumegwu and winger Bernard Ovoke were sanctioned on grounds of gross misconduct.
While the other two; Aliassou Sanou and Maduabuchi Okereke have been declared AWOL after absconding from the club’s camp.
General Manager of the club, Chief Okey Kpalukwu while speaking on the issue, explained that the move was taken to ensure discipline reigns supreme in the club as they battle to survive relegation.
He further added that fans of the club should remain calm as the management will continue to work assiduously towards keeping the club in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Rivers United are 18th on the league standings. They will be guests of Remo Stars on Sunday.