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3SC Put Record Straight On Late Izu’s Unpaid Salary
. Late Izu Joseph
The management of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan have broken their silence over the controversy surrounding the outstanding salary of slain defender, Izu Joseph who was shot dead October 2016 by gunmen.
Late Izu was killed by men of the Nigerian Army after he was allegedly found with cultists. The family in a letter signed by Reuben Izu Jnr, on Monday petitioned the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi claiming eight-months salary and 21 match bonuses owed the deceased by the club.
In a released signed by the club’s media director, Jubril Arowolo on Tuesday, the Oluyole Warriors admitted owing the late defender, but revealed that both parties have reached agreement on modalities for payment.
“Our attention has been drawn to a letter from one Reuben Izu to the government of Oyo State on behalf of the family appealing for the payment of salaries and allowances the club owing the late player.
“While we acknowledge that the club is owing the late player, it is very pertinent to put the record straight that, hardly would a month pass without paying into the account of Pa Joseph Izu Snr, the father of the deceased player, as requested by the family in the last six months.
“This did not go down well with the said Reuben who wanted the payments in his account instead, a situation currently causing frictions within the family. We had refused to join issues with Mr Reuben Izu as a mark of respect for the late player but this reaction is necessary in order to put a stop to the mischievous manner in which the man is going about the issue.
“It is unfortunate that the late Izu Joseph died while on holiday in his home town, still the club contributed immensely to give him a befitting burial as our dedicated player while he was alive.
“On our part, we are committed to offset his outstanding salaries and this position was acknowledged by an official of the National Association of Professional Footballers, NAPF, Mr Austin Popo during his visit to our office last Friday,” the statement reads.