Be Scorpions on strike
The players of Elite One club Scorpion of Be refused to take part in their day 18 game of the Championship against Cotonsport of Garoua due to seven months salary arrears and unpaid bonuses. Their players refused to turn out for the match that was scheduled for the Garoua stadium, blaming this on the club president Hon. Abdoulaye Missa whom they say is lukewarm to pay their bonuses. Team captain Nassourou Musa told SuperSports.com ‘the professional football league gave us fifteen million frs ($30.000) like they did to all other clubs, but since our president took the money he has disappeared. He doesn’t pick up the phone when called or at times he switches off the phone when we try to get to him.’
The players have been training without their bonuses, not even the players’ signing-on fees before the start of the year. The club’s coach Alexandre Belibi had earlier thrown in the towel, and left the club with fourteen of their thirty two players, meaning Scorpion have just eighteen players left to complete the season with. In their game against Njalla Quan Sports Academy on day seventeen action, the injured goalkeeper was replaced by a field player because the club has no other goalkeeper after the others left.
This far Scorpion of Be is on the last position of the classification table with just ten points out of a possible fifty-four. The club will be relegated to the regional championship if they fail to show up for another game.