By Terkula Atom
Lobi Stars of Makurdi ace goalkeeper, John Tyover Gaadi who is out for four months with a calf injury has cried foul over the slashing of his salary.
The Voicesports investigation reveals that salaries of some players that are also out of action for the club with injury have not been slashed except that of John Gaadi.
Our investigation further revealed that the management of Lobi Stars FC has not come out with cogent reasons for slashing Gaadi’s salary.
When contacted, a key management staff of the club (name withheld) confirmed the story saying: “Yes we have four key players in our team that are down with injury, one of whom is Gaadi. The others are none indigenes while Gaadi is our own son that we brought back from Plateau Unitd FC Jos”, he said.
The staff further told Voicesports that while the three players also (names withheld) are collecting their full salaries, John Gaadi’s salary is slashed for no reason.
But Goalkeeper John Gaadi in an interview narrated his ordeal in Lobi saying: “I signed a three year contract with Lobi, so, I want them to pay me my full salary.”
The highly experienced goalkeeper argued that, “there was no clause which said they should slash my salary when injury comes.”
The Kwande born agile goal tender further told Voicesports that, “ I got injured on December 6, 2019 and was asked to go to the hospital by Lobi Management and since then, nobody has asked me how I was faring except my doctors who now say I will be out for four months,” he said.
He lamented that while players like David Tyavkase, Moses Bunde and Sii Gwar are still in Lobi, the management still complains of lacking quality players in the team.
Gaadi featured for the national under 23 in 2003 for the All Africa Games and was also in goal for Nigeria for the 2004 Olympic qualifiers.
It is recalled that, Gaadi has played for many top clubs in Nigeria namely: Plateau United, Rangers International, Katsina United, Jigawa Golden Stars and Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.
Others are: Enyimba of Aba, Sunshine Akure, Gombe United, Abia Warriors, defunct Sharks of Port-Harcourt and infact captained Akwa United and Lobi Stars of Makurdi.