Sunshine Stars have found themselves in fresh trouble days after they were docked three points for assaulting a referee.
On Wednesday morning, the Owena Waves were denied entrance into the Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA) football pitch in Akure by their players who were protesting the nonpayment of their financial entitlements which have lingered for two or more years.
The Akure based team were there to train ahead of their trip to Calabar to face Enyimba FC and chose the grass pitch as the U.J. Esuene Stadium -home to Enyimba FC this season- has a grass pitch too.
A source revealed this development to supersport.
“Yes, the team were chased out of the place this morning (Wednesday) upon arrival for their routine training by aggrieved and protesting ex-Sunshine Stars players who went ahead to padlock the whole premise. As we speak the place is still padlocked.
“We learnt that the ex-Stars were protesting over non-payment of their sign-on fees by the government for the past two, three seasons.
“We understand that this is always a ploy by the ex-Stars to get the authorities attention to their plight.
“Sunshine Stars chose the pitch to train because it is grass same as the pitch Enyimba play on in Calabar.
“The disruption of the team’s training schedule is ill-timed as the side are expected to head off to Calabar on Friday for the clash at Enyimba in Calabar on Sunday.
“Besides, the team have crowded schedule as they are meant to face MFM FC and Enugu Rangers upon return from Calabar on Wednesday and Sunday respectively in Akure.
“The team need all the support of everyone at this trying time to be able to weather the storm as well as position the team on the path of recovery and could hardly afford the distraction of the ex-Stars or any other persons,” the source said.
Sunshine Stars were allowed to register seven new players after they settled with seven former players only 10 days ago.
The embattled southwest club are 19th on the NPFL table.