The players downed tools on Wednesday, October 1 2014 after their signing on fees for the 2012/13 season was not paid.
The players had visited the government house about a month ago and got a promise that all outstanding obligations would be addressed by end of September.
Joe Johnson said on Thursday that the players refused to turn up for training and is appealing to them to return.
“They have a genuine case, but we have done so well this season so I ask them to return because I do not think the sponsor who gave them a date has forgotten his promise,” Johnson said.
Johnson adds that he has held series of meetings with the players and is believing that something good will happen but cannot tell when.
“My worry is that we are at a critical stage of the league and we have a tough game against Enyimba in the Federation Cup final.
“I am believing that something will happen, just that I cannot tell how soon.”
Joe Johnson adds that while appealing to the players to return to training, he is doing same to the sponsors of the club too.
“I have appealed to the sports commissioner, Fred Igwe who has reassured me that very soon something will come,” Johnson enthused.
“He says he is in touch with the authorities which I believe to be government house so we are hopeful.”
Players of Dolphins have not received signing on fees for the 2012/13 season and their enhanced salaries for the current season as they are still being paid the old rates.