Rwanda Premier League side Rayon Sports players have complained to the club’s management for abandoning them during the ongoing lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus.
According to Ghanaian striker Michael Sarpong, the club owes them four months’ salaries and the situation worsened in the last month.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic these players used to rely on match bonuses which is not the case during this period.
“The club owes us four months in salary arrears and allowances. Life is very hard for all the players,” Sarpong was quoted saying by New Times.
“We demand to be paid so we can survive in this lockdown,” he added.
Some of the players, who preferred anonymity because they have been warned not to take the issue to the media, said they have for long been claiming for the unpaid salaries to be settled but the club remained unmoved.
“The lockdown does not mean we don’t have bills to pay, some have families depending on us. The club should really sort this problem out,” the player noted.
What does the club say?
Rayon Sports boss Sadate Munyakazi has appealed for the government to step in by extending some help to the club.
According to him, non-playing staff should be paid by the government during this period since the league is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rwanda has been on lockdown since March 21 and all sports activities, including the top-flight league, have been put on hold to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The local football season usually ends in July, but it won’t be the case this year unless the season is considered null and void.
Only six match days remained at the time of the suspension on March 17 after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in the country.
Rayon Sports are currently second on the log with 51 points six points below table leaders APR.
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