The Association of Nigerian Women in Sports (NAWIS) have called on the Cross Rivers state Governor, Professor Benedict Ayade to pay the salaries owed Pelican Stars Football Club players, the sportsbay.com reports.
In a statement signed by the National President NAWIS, Professor Florence Adeyanju said the payment of the backlogs of salaries will help alleviate the sufferings of the young and promising players.
It will be recalled in April, the players and some officials of the club took to the streets in protest of their unpaid 10 months’ salary.
About 50 female footballers blocked the entrance to the Cross River State Governor’s office chanting songs like, “Ayade must pay, we need money for sanitary pad.”
They also carried placards with inscriptions that read, “Please our digital governor come to our aid, due to hunger, one of our players is hospitalized, we are bread winners of our families.”
Adeyanju who is a Professor of Human Kinetics revealed that NAWIS has taken it upon itself to intervene and appeal because they care about the welfare of their athletes.
She added that NAWIS is committed to the empowerment of women in sports, fighting for their rights and making life comfortable for them through all legitimate means.
The statement read, “With due respect and humility, Association of Nigerian Women in Sports (NAWIS) a non-Governmental Organisation comprising of women who are into sports in various spheres and the body approved by the Federal Ministry of Sports Development to represent the interest of women on the Boards of National Sports Federations, wish to acknowledge your good deeds as a seasones virologist, fatherly role and humanitarian gesture.
“As a very caring father, we appeal to you to kindly intervene in the situation of our dear sisters and daughters of Pelican Stars Football Club Calabar who have not been paid their salaries since August, 2019”.
It read, “Sir, we appeal to you to approve the payment of their outstanding salaries so as to alleviate their suffering.
“We are grateful for the time taken in reading our appeal while we await with great hope your quick positive resolution to this painful issue,” the statement said.
Pelican won their last and a record eight Nigerian women’s crown in 2010 and will open their 2020 season campaign against Nasarawa Amazons in Calabar.