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  • Nigerian Clubs May Be Thrown Out Of 2017 CAF Club Competitions

    Reporter: Alonge Akinlolu
    Published: Thursday, 24 November 2016
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    The Nigeria Players Union have frowned at moves made by Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs to liquidate debts owed players.

    According to a notice by the Nigeria Players Union to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the body is ready to proceed to the Confederation of African Football to seek redress and clubs affected may not be allowed to register for club competitions on the continent.
    Nigerian Clubs May Be Thrown Out Of 2017 CAF Club Competitions

    Below is the notice served the NFF;

    Having failed to secure any positive response from the three out of the Four Nigeria Professional Football league clubs participating in the CAF organized competitions in 2017 - namely Rangers International FC, Rivers United FC and Willki Tourist FC on their plans to liquidate debts owed players and coaches who have and are still  playing for the teams before the commencement of the 2016/2017 league season, the Nigeria players Union will now proceed to the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) for redress in line with the relevant provisions of CAF clubs licensing regulations which forbids debtor clubs and other related infractions of the club licensing regulations from registration.


    It will be recalled that the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers NANPF has written earlier to the affected clubs reminding them of their obligations to clear their debts as contain in the various decisions of the NFF players status and arbitration committee and others captured in the various agreement and contracts with the players and coaches.

    Unfortunately the clubs apart from Rivers United who responded but failed to enter further negotiations in line with labour and football rules with the Union,  have failed to respond and do what is needful before their registration to participate in the CAF competitions can be guaranteed. As a union we are not surprised at the disposition of the clubs towards this matter as they are  confident according to the information at our disposal that  the league management company and the NFF will assist them to effect their registration even when they refuse  to comply.

    For the sake of industrial harmony and for the good of the game we advice the clubs to liquidate the debts or better still request the LMC to pay from source, from money due them to avoid the embarrassment of being disqualified from registration for  non compliance to the relevant provisions of the club licensing regulations.

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