A group of Nigerian footballers, who say they were promised contracts with Ukrainian clubs, have found themselves unemployed and almost homeless in the East European nation.
The thirteen Nigerians say they have played with some of Nigeria's best soccer clubs and that they were all promised contracts by their Nigerian manager.
The stranded footballers have been living in an abandoned tourist camp site, in Dneprodzerzhinsk in central Ukraine since July, and are trying to maintain morale despite their predicament; in what appears to have been a broken promise.
Michael Eggiong Nse:
“We have food, a little food. We have a little money also. We have food, and we are OK.”
The athletes say their manager, who is from Nigeria, is continuing to travel and negotiate for them, still hoping to land another nine contracts.
Local residents have reportedly been supplying the athletes with extra food, but time is running out - If they don't find employment before mid-September, they will be deported from Ukraine.