Nigeria players’ union, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF), has issued a 14-day ultimatum to clubs in the country’s top divisions to pay up their players and coaches.
“As a result of the failure of the affected clubs to comply with the arbitration decisions as communicated to them by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC), the Nigeria players’ union has issued the indebted clubs 14 days within which to pay the affected players and coaches or be ready to face the consequences of their non-compliance,” warned a statement by the NANPF.
Having failed to secure the necessary statutory sanctions of the clubs for non-compliance by both the Nigeria Football Federation and the league bodies, the NANPF has commenced discussions with the leadership of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria to carry out strategic plans in ensuring full compliance by the affected clubs after the expiration of the 14 days deadline.
Furthermore, the union is also aware of the clandestine moves of some indebted clubs in the Nigeria National League, to register for the 2016 league season, without complying with the decisions of the NFF Arbitration Committee to pay the affected players and coaches as communicated to the NNL by the NFF, the union have urged such clubs to do the right thing by paying the affected players and coaches or be ready to face the consequences of such unholy moves.
In the meantime, the union has commended the government of Kwara State and management of Kwara United FC for paying their debts to the players and coaches in compliance with the arbitration decision.