No pay dispute, says UWI FC manager
A lack of proper pre-match preparation and a simmering pay dispute have been blamed for UWI FC's poor performance against Arnett Gardens on Sunday.
The UWI FC team suffered their first loss of the season when they went down 4-1 to the visiting defending champions at the Mona Bowl.
"They (players) have not been in training for the week (leading up to the game) because of unresolved matters," team manager Kerry Robinson confirmed yesterday but dismissed rumours of a pay dispute.
"There is no pay dispute. It is that we are going through changes. We have the money, it is just documentation. The players will be paid in a couple of days," Robinson said.
"There are a lot of changes and we are working to resolve these as soon as possible. The players have not got full payment as yet, but we have given them stipends," she informed. There is a base contract of $50,000 per month for players at UWI FC.
"Hopefully, things will be back to normal again in a couple of days. And, normal meaning winning again," she pointed out.
Head coach Marcel Gayle was absent from Sunday's game due to personal reasons and his assistant Andrew Peart was in charge.
Arnett got their goals from Ricardo Oldham (12th), Lennox Russell (52nd), Renae Lloyd (90th) and Damari Deacon (90th). UWI's leading scorer Ryan Miller got his team's consolation goal in the 33rd minute.
UWI slipped to third position on 11 points, just one behind Arnett (12) after Sunday's game. They will next play leaders Portmore United (13 points) tomorrow at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.