Abuja - The League Management Company (LMC) says it will not
register clubs indebted to their players and coaches for the 2015/2016 Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL) Season.
Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of LMC,
told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the defaulting clubs would
not be registered until they demonstrate clean bill of health.
To this end, LMC has given all clubs up to February 10 to
settle all backlogs of entitlements of players and coaches arising from the
2014/2015 season. He explained that LMC has the mandate of the Nigeria Football
Federation to ensure that a club with liabilities doesn’t participate in the
“We have received a letter signed by the General Secretary
himself,” Abubakar said. “It’s the NFF position which tallies with our position
because the players are the main actors in this game and if we don’t take care
of their welfare, the whole game will crash.
“So, we are serious about it; we have a list of eight clubs
that was sent to us by the NFF and between now and when we finish registration,
if they don’t pay up, they will not be registered.
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“I assure you we will enforce that. You have to understand
that there is an intention behind sanctions and you do it to be able to get
results from these clubs; what is the result in this case? We want the players
to be paid.
“At the last count, we have had about 16 clubs that were
able to meet up with our requirements, so, I think it is a good starting point
and you have to realise that also in the regulations, the main actor is the NFF
not the LMC.
“Whatever we are doing is just to try to muscle the clubs to
make the payment.
“The players’ arbitration committee is with the NFF; all the
regulations are under the NFF. It is the NFF that will enforce and now that
they have told us to enforce, it is in our hands, we will enforce.’’
It said failure to do such, the clubs must provide an
acceptable financial guarantee instruments to secure the payments as well as
tentative payment plan from the clubs’ proprietors.
LMC has since set a deadline of Feb. 15 for the issuance of
the NFF Club Licensing Certificate as directed by CAF to clubs that have met
the minimum criteria for participation in the 2015/2016 NPFL season.
The first round of the NPFL Super 4 will hold in Kaduna from
Jan. 20 to Jan. 24 between Enyimba of Aba, Warri Wolves, Nasarrawa United and
Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.
The second round of the Super 4 tournament, which is for the
top four finishers in the 2014/2015 league season, will be played in Uyo, Akwa
Ibom, from Feb. 1 to Feb 5.
Ilorin, Kaduna, Uyo and Abuja were the four cities which
indicated interest to host the Super 4 tournament.For
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