Woodlands in players' bonus row

Woodlands in players' bonus row
Woodlands disbursed the $35,000 received for their S-League fifth-placed finish to their staff as bonuses. But some claim the pay-outs were unfair.

They were expecting a nice bonus, after helping Woodlands Wellington to their best finish in seven S-League seasons.

So imagine Taufiq Rahmat's and Ridhwan Osman's surprise when they learnt that their reward for contributing to the Rams' fifth-place finish came up to no more than $300 apiece.

"It's so unfair," winger Taufiq told The Straits Times on Monday.

"The club finished bottom of the league for three years. We helped take them into the top five and this is how they repay us?"

His discontent was fuelled by the fact that he had played in 19 of the team's 27 league matches - nine as a starter and 10 coming off the bench.

Ridhwan, meanwhile, was involved in 15 matches this season, which kicked off in February and ended last month.

In contrast, a fellow Ram made just five appearances but earned a $600 bonus for his efforts.

"I clocked quite a lot of playing time, so why should a guy who played less than me be getting more?" Ridhwan questioned.

The midfielder added that the team had been told that any end-of-season bonus would be divided according to playing time - the normal practice among local football clubs.

Club chairman Hussainar Aziz, however, explained that the move was designed to give added motivation to players who will remain at Woodlands next season.

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