NPL strike deal with clubs over debt

Kennedy Chinwo, formerly of Heartland

The Nigeria Premier League will kick off on October 23 despite the fact that all clubs owe players from last season.

The NPL had previously said they will not register any club that still owes its players from the last football season but things have obviously changed.

NPL’s media officer, Emeka Nwani  last week told naijafootball247.blogspot.com that the league is serious about not allowing debtor clubs play in the next football season.

“We are serious not to allow any clubs who owe from last year to register for this season,” Nwani said.

“They must pay their players and if they don’t won’t play in the league.”

Nwani, however added that there was not one club in the Premier League free from this offense.

“They all owe their players from last season. Not one is free from this.”

However, word reached naijafootball247.blogspot.com recently that a compromise deal has been reached between the league, the clubs and the players so the league can go on despite the debt owed to players.

The captain of one of the Premier League clubs said they were coerced to sign an agreement that they players have accepted to play despite being owed from last season.

“I think what they did is get the clubs to sign an undertaking that we will be paid. Then they had captains of clubs also sign that the players that they players have agreed to play despite being owed.

“We had to sign it because there is guarantee we will b paid if we refuse to sign the document and they sack us for our refusal.

“That is the Nigerian League for you. That is why we just keep playing it as we hope to move out to play in Europe someday where things may be better for us.”



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