Lagos - The League Management Company (LMC) has expressed frustration over the inability of some clubs to pay their players’ sign on fees and match bonuses.
Before the 2013/14 season of the Glo Nigerian Premier League began, the LMC sounded a note of warning to all 20 participating clubs to ensure players are not owed, and whoever falters will be disqualified from the league.
But the LMC appears to have lost the battle for the return of sanity in the league following recent players’ protests over unpaid monies.
Dolphins FC, Sharks FC both of Port Harcourt, Abia Warriors in Umuahia, and El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri are the latest clubs to embark on sleepless protest against unpaid sign on fees and match bonuses.
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With the league season coming to an end on Sunday November 16, LMC chairman Nduka Irabor has expressed frustration over the lingering problem of unpaid monies.
“The lesson here is: ‘if you don’t have the money, don’t just come and take part in the league’, this embarrassment is just too much for the nation.
“It’s not fair that young men and women who are trying to offer value and a trend of unity to the nation are put in a position where they feel as being exploited, so I would not be happy if I don’t address that.
“I’ve called proprietors and dialogued with state government to address this, otherwise you will live with a moral burden of exploiting young ones.
“Next season, understand when we say bring up performance guarantee before you’re registered.”
Issues of backlog of unpaid salaries and bonuses have been a bane in the Nigerian Leagues, but with the coming of LMC’s stiff rules and regulations in 2012, players hived a sigh of relief with the expectation that things will turn a new leaf.
But the players are now more disappointed that nothing has changed despite the body’s several promises and attempts to return sanity to the league after two years.
Part of LMC promises is to ensure the minimum wage of players is N150 000 per month, but News24 Nigeria can report that some players still receive far less than that.
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