National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers, NANPF, has described action taken by League Management Company (LMC) to deny clubs such as Sunshine stars the opportunity to register and parade their newly signed players as a right step in a right direction.
Sunshine stars were disallowed to parade their newly acquired players in the week seven of the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League against Plateau United in Jos for non-compliance of the Akure based team to pay players’ salaries and allowances and violated the laid down rules in accordance with the relevant provision of football rules by the LMC.
The action according to the Union, will not only encourage the affected team to do needful but also serve as a deterrent to other clubs that are making no moves to pay their players many years of salaries and bonuses arrears that have reduced the victims to beggars.
Furthermore, the body urged the Dikko led league management body to extend the punishment to other football clubs irrespective of their affiliation.
NANPF advises the power brokers in the system to stop putting pressure on the league management company not to enforce the rules on some teams as such power-play will not encourage the clubs to pay their debts. Also, Nigerian National League, NNL, should borrow a leaf from LMC by denying all clubs that are still owing players not to register their new acquired footballers as 2017/18 season beckons.