“High wages did Sunshine Stars in”

Sunshine Stars boss, Mike Idoko
Chairman of Sunshine Stars, Mike Idoko claims it was the high wages paid to his players last season that almost relegated the team.

Sunshine Stars had the highest paid players in the Nigerian League last season with Godfrey Oboabona on Six Hundred and fifty thousand naira monthly (about $4,100) and Idoko told naijafootball247.com that they had to dig deep to think up a solution to their problems of last season.

“I think it affected the team and some players could not handle that kind of money so we had to think of what to do and came up with this wage reduction but an increase in match bonuses.

“I know it would dampen the morale of the players because people do not like change but look at what happened last season?

“Even with the big wages, we fought to escape relegation on the last day and this was because the players were not committed. Some refused to go on some road trips with flimsy excuses because they were sure their salaries would come and the club suffered for it,” Idoko told naijafootball247.com.

The chairman says they have now reduced salaries to three hundred thousand naira monthly (about $1,800) but increased the match bonuses to as much as two hundred thousand naira for a win.

“You can imagine a player now gets one hundred thousand naira for a home win and two hundred for a road win.

“Now the players will actually sit up to ensure we win games both home and away unlike the case last season when their win bonuses were fifteen thousand naira (about $94) for a road win and thirty thousand naira ( about $189) for an away win.

“On the surface it looks like we reduced the players’ wages but in truth we did not because the increase in bonuses accounts for what we cut off from their salaries and we hope out performances also get better this season,” Idoko said.

While Sunshine Stars paid the highest wages in the country last season, some clubs in the Nigerian League paid players as little as forty thousand naira (about $253 a month)
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