Samson Unuanel, a former coach of Enyimba International, on Tuesday, dragged the club before the National Industrial Court, Abuja, over alleged unpaid N3.450 million.
Unuamel claimed the money is the balance of his sign-on-fee.
The plaintiff, who is the current coach of Osun United, is also seeking for an order of the court for payment of N100 million as general damages, and another N10 million for cost of prosecuting the suit.
When the matter came up for mention before Justice Kiyersohot Damulak, the claimant’s counsel, Ayodele Justice, informed the court that the defendant had been served with the processes.
The defence counsel, Chidike Iheukwumere, in response affirmed that they had been served, and that they had in turn served the claimant’s counsel with Memorandum of appearance and Statement of defence.
The judge said that the defendant in the statement raised an issue bordering on lack of jurisdiction of the court.
Damulak, however, objected to a point also raised by the defence, demanding the transfer of the case to Owerri Division of the court.
The judge noted that he lacked the power to transfer a case assigned to him by the president of the court to another division.
He further stated that he would address the issue of whether or not the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case at the right time.
He adjourned the matter until June 6 for hearing.
The claimant in his statement of facts, said he was employed as chief coach by the defendant for a season contract, meant to last through the 2009/2010 football season.
He further claimed that he was placed on N5.5 million sign-on-fee, saying he was only paid the sum of N1.750 million at the expiration of the contract in 2011.
He further stated that an additional sum of N300,000 was later paid, taking the amount to N2.050 million.
Unuanel added that he approached the court to seek redress over the defendant failure to pay the remaining balance.
He was a former Kwara United, Niger Tornadoes, Sunshine Stars Coach and Assistant Coach of Nigeria’s Women National team, Super Falcons.
The coach had filed a similar suit against Sunshine Stars of Akure before the same court.