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Bleak Christmas for two fotball players


SEREMBAN: Alain Njoh Njoh Mponda of Cameroon and Ibironke Oluwatobi Oluwasegun of Nigeria are going to have a bleak Christmas away from home this year. 

The two foreign footballers have been left stranded in Malaysia, no thanks to their respective employers from Malacca Telekom (Super League) and Penang NTFA (Premier League). 

Njoh Njoh claimed he has been stranded without a team for the new season, which had kicked off on Dec 3. 

He said his employer had given him false hopes and made an about-turn with regards to extending his contract. 

“I did not deserve this,” said a frustrated Njoh Njoh, whose contract expires on Dec 31.” 

“They treat me like a slave. I am a professional footballer and have served them well since I came to this club when they were in the Premier League. 

Nigerian Ibironke Oluwatobi Oluwasegun of Nigeria (left) and Alain Njoh Njoh Mponda of Cameroon hold up their playing contract. Both have not been paid their dues and are now without a team for the new season.

“I played as a defender and even scored goals for them. We did well to finish fourth in the Super League this year. After all this, they have asked me to leave,” said Njoh Njoh. 

What frustrated Njoh Njoh most is that his employers had issued him with a return ticket to holiday in Holland in October, after the season concluded with the Malaysia Cup competition in Sept. 

“If they did not want me, they could have issued me a one-way ticket out of the country and I would have found a new team in Europe. Now it is too late. 

“They gave me the impression that they wanted me to stay on because I also have a letter from my employer dated Sept 29, which stated that they were in the midst of preparing a new contract.” 

“I have a wife and two children in Holland and they are waiting for me but because of this mess created by my employer, I am unable to do anything and have to seek FAM's assistance,” said Njoh Njoh. 

Oluwasegun also had a sad story to tell. He claims his employers had shortchanged him by not making full payments since he signed contract (March-July) with Penang NTFA on March 1. 

He said they had issued him with a RM1,000 advance upon signing his contract and paid full his salary in April. Since then, they have only paid him small tokens on a staggered basis. 

“They still owe me RM25,678 but have yet to make any payments. I want the money before I leave the country. My visa expires on Dec 31. 

“I have sought assistance from FAM many times but still they are unable to sort out my payments. I have told them I have no money for food but nobody is taking me seriously.” 

“I had an offer to play in Vietnam and because of these people, I am unable to buy flight tickets,” said Oluwasegun. 

With all else failing, the duo are now hoping to meet Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman to tell her their sad stories. 

   

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