Players of Rwandan Premier League side Rayon Sports have gone up in arms against the club’s administration as they feel abandoned and neglected by the club since the outbreak CoronaVirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.
The Rwandan government announced a nationwide lockdown since March 21 as a precaution to curb the further spread of the virus which has affected up to 138 people, with 60 people recovering while no deaths have been recorded in Rwanda.
With clubs subsequently out of business with their cash inflow cut off, it was going to pose a threat to players and staff wages as clubs struggled to stay aloft.
Instead of suffering in silence as many of his teammates had chosen, Ghanaian striker Micheal Sarpong decided to speak up.
Revealing that they have not been paid for four months now, with players lives affected since they do not earn match bonuses which they recently survived on.
“We demand to be paid so we can survive in this lockdown,” Sarpong told the New Times.
“The club owes us four months in salary arrears and allowances. Life is very hard for all the players,” he added,
Another player added; “The lockdown does not mean that we don’t have bills to pay, some have families depending on us. The club should really sort this problem out.”
Meanwhile, Rayon Sports president Sadate Munyakazi via his twitter handle, denied that the club owes any arrears to its players, but called upon the government to step in and support the non-playing staff amidst the lockdown.
The Rwandan top-flight league has been on suspension for a month now since April 17, when the first coronavirus case was confirmed in the country.
The Blues currently lie second on the 16-team log, with 51 points, six points behind leaders APR with six games to go, however, it remains to be seen if the league will resume or it will be declared null and void.
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