Former Sunshine Stars of Akure captain, Sunday Abe is seeking a hefty payment of N7.36m from the club in unpaid salaries, even as he is also entangled with the former continental campaigners over his clearance fee.
Abe is seeking payment by The Akure Gunners, despite having made a switch to Teuta Durres of Albania, as the 26-year-old midfielder says the Ondo State-owned club owe him N7.36m in unpaid salaries of five months, clearance fee and match bonuses for the 2015/16 season.
Ironically, a committee set up by the club to look into the cases of old players had earlier met with Abe and recommended to the management of the club to pay him N5m as clearance fee.
However, the club officials refused to pay the player after he had been cleared to leave, with a verdict that his clearance certificate was issued to him in lieu of the N5m fee.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the player dated November 2, 2017 signed by the president of Ondo State Football Agency (OSFA), Mr.Aminu Yusuf.
He stated: “I am directed to inform you that the management of Sunshine Stars still continues to maintain that your clearance was issued to you in lieu of the purported clearance fees of N5m negotiated with the club and other outstanding payments due to you.
“It is instructive to inform you that the clearance was issued to you on compassionate ground because there was an abuse of due process and no clear negotiation before you were registered to play for the during the 2016/2017 season.”
Not pleased with the development, Abe has written a formal letter of demand to OSFA, in which he stated that Sunshine Stars allegedly breached their contractual agreement with him.
The letter reads in part: “I wish to humbly request for the balance of my clearance fee, outstanding five months’ allowance and bonuses for the 2015/ 2016 football season amounting to a sum of N7,360,000.
“Amazingly, during the current season, the management failed to negotiate a new contract with me as my contract expired in December 2016. But instead of negotiating my clearance, the management went ahead to register me without paying the clearance fee or any agreement.”
However, media officer of the club, Chris Okunnuwa says the matter is being handled by the club’s management and insists it will be resolved soon.
Okunnuwa added: “Abe is a our former captain, we don’t maltreat our former players, The new management will look into the matter and it would be resolved soon.”