4th March, 2011
Dolphins manager Stanley Eguma has vowed to compound the woes of Nigeria Premier League (NPL) bottom club, Juth, when both sides clash at the Rwang Pam Stadium this weekend.
The Healers are in dire need of points as they currently sit bottom of the log with 11 points from 17 matches.
â€œWe want to win in Jos,â€ Eguma told SuperSport.com.
He, however, noted that the game could be a banana skin for his side and urged his players to prevent themselves from being lured into a false sense of security.
â€œWhen you play against a relegation-threatened side, you have to be on your toes and I am expecting us to play with our usual intensity and aggressiveness. If we do that, we will winâ€ he said.
A 1-1 draw with 3SC last Sunday in Abeokuta saw Dolphins stretched their lead on the table to five points ahead of Sunshine Stars of Akure, who are in the second place. Dolphins still have a game at hand.
With just seven goals conceded in 17 games this season, the Port Harcourt based-side have by far the best back line in the land.
However, the spirit in the camp is low as players of the runaway leaders of the NPL are muttering over financial obligations yet to be met by their sponsors.
SuperSport.com’s findings reveal that players and officials are owed salaries, sign-on fees and match bonuses for the 2010/2011 season.
And with the situation threatening to derail the clubâ€™s storming start to the season, a passionate Save Our Soul, SOS message has been sent to the sponsors. â€œWe want them to help us. We have families and most of us are the bread winners.
“If we get at least, some of the money owed us, it will go a long way in alleviating our plight,â€ a player of the club who pleaded anonymity told SuperSport.com.
Eguma, who confirmed the situation, said he had been reliably informed by the Sports Commissioner, Boma Iyaye, that the Rivers State Government would soon offset the outstanding debts. â€œI have spoken to the Commissioner and we have been assured that the players would soon smile.
“It is important that we remain motivated because things like this can affect morale and bring down the performance of the boys,” he said.