By OLUWAFEMI ADEFESO
The National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) and the Nigeria Players Union have demanded a probe of clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football league and the Nigeria National League on the alleged forceful demand on players to forgo their outstanding entitlements for their clearance certificates despite having fully served out their contracts with the club.
In the joint statement released by both bodies on Tuesday directed to the Nigeria Football Federation, League Management Company and the Nigeria National League. The Players pressure group expressed its worry on the number of players that have been shortchanged by their clubs, especially those who have been restrained from continuing their career elsewhere for their refusal to bow to the wishes of these clubs administrators. They therefore want the Nigerian football and league governing bodies to act immediately and stop the illegality.
General Secretary National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers, Comrade Austin Popo said the abuse of the rights of the players is a call for concern for all regulatory bodies due to its negative impact it has on the players and the quality of football on display.
“It is important to state here categorically that a professional player who has served out his contract with his club has the right to move to another club of his choice without any form of inhibitions by his former club in line with the relevant provisions of FIFA, governing the administrative procedure of the status and transfer of professional footballers, as well as that of the relevant provisions of the LMC framework as well”.
The body called for the NFF, LMC and NNL to pick on Club Administrators fond of owing player indemnities and using this guise to put the players under pressure through delay of the release of their clearance certificate while compelling the player who wants to play for another club to forfeit their pay in exchange for his clearance certificate.
NANPF in the statement also enjoined the players to draw the attention of either the NFF, LMC, NNL or the Unions to such issues as soon as it happens.
“As for the players it is important to remind them again that anyone who has served out his contract and his club wants to exchange monies owed him for the issuance of clearance certificate should draw the attention of either the NFF, LMC, NNL or the union to such issues in a timely manner”.