The National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers NANPF has deepened its communication further with the clubs indebted to players and coaches following monies recovered recently by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC for the clubs under the Nigeria Premier league, NPL as Broadcast rights from Total Promotion.
Following the advice of the leadership of the Nigeria Professional Football league clubs Owners Association, whom the Players Union had earlier contacted, the Union has communicated to all the concerned clubs on the need,and for the sake of justice and fair play to ensue payment of their debts to the affected players and coaches from their share of the money as contained in the Nigeria Football Federation Players status and arbitration committee decisions and others authenticated by details of the contract of the players and coaches as attached.
The Union reminded the clubs that since their complaints in the past was of lack of funds to meet their contractual obligations to the players and coaches and further still comply with arbitration committee decisions, now that they will be getting their shares from the broadcast rights monies recovered by the EFCC which is generated from the collective image rights of the players and coaches, we strongly advise that part of the recovered money, if not all should be used to settle the debts owed the players and coaches and avoid the temptation of diverting such to individuals pockets.
We like to commend the effort made thus far by the leadership of the NPFL clubs owners association in ensuring that the players and coaches issues are properly looked into and want the clubs to do same. However the players Union has equally drawn the attention of the EFCC and the Trade Union Congress to the ongoing development
Please take note that they are additional details of some debts profile not contained here, but already communicated to the clubs and also to authenticate the debts details with the Union before payment, as we are aware that some payment has been made to some players and coaches behind closed doors.
We look forward to everybody’s cooperation for the sake of justice, fair play, industrial peace and harmony.