Rwanda Premier League side Rayon Sports will not suspend player contracts and March wages for players and staff as earlier announced.
The about-turn comes after players protested the decision to suspend contracts and salaries due to the coronavirus crisis and football inactivity.
Last week, a number of players said that they have reportedly gone for four months without pay with Ghanaian striker Michael Sarpong feeling that the club has abandoned them during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Now Rayon Sports president Sedate Munyakazi says that the decision to suspend salaries will now take effect from April and not March as earlier indicated.
“It was a management mistake. The players and staff deserve their March salaries, the suspension starts with April," he is quoted by Times Sport.
However, he added, the club will continue to provide – as much as it can – emergency relief to players and their families until the Rwanda Premier League is cleared to resume.
Eleven Rwanda Premier League sides have reportedly suspended contracts of their players and informed them that they will not be paid April salary as coronavirus enforced break takes a toll on club finances.
Football activities in Rwanda remain suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the lack of football has affected the club's revenues and many have opted to suspend player contracts as well as salaries.
With their strong fan base across the country, Rayon are one of the few clubs that rely on match-day ticket receipts for income. Their last league game over a month ago was held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus fears.
In a different interview, skipper Eric Rutanga, who had threatened to drag the club to court, said he was going to consult with his teammates about the new decision before taking any further action.
“What we demand is dialogue, being part of the decisions that affect us as players. I have just seen the new statement about (players’) salary handling, so I will first have to discuss with my teammates before responding to the management,” said the former APR left-back.
After 24 matches into the 2019/2020 topflight league season, defending champions Rayon are second on the 16-team table with 51 points, six behind leaders APR who have played one game less.