Lagos - A former Super Eagles player, Edema Fuludu, on
Thursday charged players to always stand up for their rights whenever such
rights were infringed upon by employers.
Fuludu, who is currently the treasurer of the National
Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF), gave the charge in an
interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He spoke against the backdrop of the inability of some
Nigeria Professional Football League clubs to pay the salaries of players.
Fuludu described the development as inappropriate, saying
that players should always stand up for their rights.
In a statement, the NANPF told players to report cases of
non-payment of salaries or any form of victimisation to the appropriate
Fuludu, who was a member of the Super Eagles squad that won
the Tunisia 1994 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, told the League Management
Company (LMC) to address the issue frontally.
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“Since the clubs are not paying their players as and when
due, then the LMC must find a way to deny them what is due to them as
“Players must be bold enough and not be jittery concerning
their rights. They should not feel intimidated.
“Whenever a player is perceived to be victimised, then the
union will take it up.
The former attacking midfielder, who plied his trade with
Julius Berger FC of Lagos, now defunct, added that defaulting clubs must be
made to sign an undertaking with the regulatory body.
“Defaulting clubs should be denied what they are statutorily
entitled to from the LMC since they owe their players.
“I know that some clubs currently owe their players salary
“Clubs that owe their players should sign an undertaking to
clear the arrears as soon as possible,’’ the former Super Eagles midfielder
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