23 Jun 2016 08:20am
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) - Seven players of the Orlando Pirates Football Club (FC) have lodged a case against their club over non-payment of their salaries since last season.
The case will be heard in the Labour Court here on Thursday at 14h00.
The seven players are Ronaldo Tsowaseb, who will represent the players as team leader; Valton van Staden; Ivan Makina; national team reserve goal keeper Charles Uirab Stanley Kamasepo; Marcello Haraseb; Riaan Hanamub; and Christian Doeseb.
The players are working together with the Namibia Football Players Union (Nafpu).
In the case, they have named Orlando Pirates FC as the first respondent, and former club chairperson Ali Akan as second respondent.
Akan allegedly refused to sign the copy of the summons served on him with regard to the matter.
Nafpu Secretary-General Olsen Kahiriri told Nampa on Wednesday they will represent the aggrieved players on Thursday.
We are working with the seven players who have expressed interest to have their case heard by the labour commissioner. We will assist them to present their case with the hope that the decision reached will affect the rest of the team, Kahiriri said.
When contacted for comment on the issue, Akan said he resigned from Orlando Pirates in February so he does not know what is going on at the club.
My brother, call the Namibia Premier League and ask them who is in charge of Orlando Pirates, I am not in charge. I resigned in February; I do not know anything about the case or whatever is happening at the club.
Do not use my name; just ask the NPL they will tell you who is in charge of the club. The players must understand that I resigned in February, Akan said.
He refused to comment on the case and did not say if he will attend the labour court hearing.