Coach Samson Unuanel has dragged his former employer, Sunshine Stars, owned by the Ondo State Football Agency, before National Industrial Court, Abuja over alleged unlawful dismissal.
Unuanel, who is the current Coach of Osun United, is also seeking for payment of N21.1 million being the balance of the salary he would have earned if the defendant had not sacked him.
When the matter came up for mention before Justice Kiyersohot Damulak on Tuesday, the claimant’s counsel, Ayodele Justice, informed the court that the defendant had been served with processes.
Justice further said the defendant, who was absent and did not have legal representation in court, had filed some processes.
The judge then instructed that hearing notice should be served the defendant and proof of service be kept in the case’s file.
He also adjourned the matter until June 4 for hearing.
Unuanel, in his statement of facts, said he approached the court to seek redress when his contract with the defendant was terminated two months into its commencement.
He added that the terms of the contract, which was stipulated to start from January 1, 2016 and end on December 31,2018, pegged his salary at N700,000 monthly, totaling N25.2 million in the three years the contract was expected to last.
The coach also averred that he was however paid two months before he was dismissed.
Unuanel added that the defendant later paid him another N2.7 million in March and June, 2018.
He said efforts to make the defendant to pay the balance of the contractual sum of N21.1 million had proved abortive, hence his instituting the suit.
In his relief, he is seeking the court to declare the act of the defendant as breach of contract.
Unuanel is also seeking an order of the court for the payment of N100 million as general damages and another N10 million as the cost of prosecuting the suit.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Unuanel was a former Kwara United, Niger Tornadoes, Enyimba FC Coach and Assistant Coach of Nigeria’s Women National team, Super Falcons.