Ahead of the kick off of the Nigeria National League (NNL) billed for March 17, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) has called on the managers and clubs in the second tier league to release copies of contract papers to the registered players as is the proper thing to do.
In a statement signed by its General Secretary, Austin Popo, NANPF disclosed that it has received series of complaints from players claiming that many of the clubs have not given the players copies of the contract which they signed to in order for them to have their own records.
Pointing out that such situation is contrary to the provisions of league rules that make it compulsory for clubs to give players copies of their contract, the players union has thus requested the NNL to furnish it with copies of the players contract for onward distribution to the players.
“The union’s request is to enable all parties, especially the players be aware of the details of the contract they have entered into to forestall a situation such as that of Otegbeye Ajibola of ABS currently under suspicion by the LMC for signing to play for Sunshine FC in the current league season while still having a running contract till 2017. The player on the other hand believed his contract with ABS has expired last season,” Popo explained.
“Furthermore, it is imperative that there are no discripances in the contract to avoid feeding the wrong information into the Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS) thereby making the process non-valid and with the potential danger of causing great harm and injury to the players career and future.”
NANPF also in insisting on the rules and standard of practice, called on the NNL not to register clubs which have not redeemed their indebtedness or other financial obligation to their players and coaches.
“The union also requests the NNL to ensure that clubs that are still indebted to their former or current players are not allowed to participate in the league until they liquidate their debts to the affected players and coaches. Some of the affected clubs include Bayelsa United, Warri Wolves, Kwara United, Taraba United and Akwa Starlet who have bought new slots to feature in the NNL and a host of others,” NANPF revealed.