By Ime Bassey
Association of Professional Footballers in Nigerian (APFON) has stated that club owners in the Nigerian Premier League should take action in the direction of their players and coaches welfare in the interest of harmony.
Executive Secretary of the Union, Austin Popo stated that the issue of clubs owing their players huge amount of sign-on fees does not speak well of the clubs as the matter have been taken to their affiliated board, the Trade Union Congress of Nigerian to take proper actions.
Popo said that the NFA has no business running football if it cannot guard and apply the decisions reached by the statutory committee set up by the provision of the NFA statute.
“As an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUCN), the TUCN has taken over the issue, and has written to all the state Governors sponsoring the affected clubs to respond to the issue of their clubs’ indebtedness to the players and coaches in the interest of industrial harmony and peace.
APFON is of the opinion that the president of the NFA has no business being in office, if he cannot defend and implement the decision of a statutory committee set up by the provision of the NFA statute.
APFON’s position is informed by the helplessness of the NFA to enforce sanctions on clubs which have violated their obligations to their players and coaches and ignore decisions passed by its body,” APFON argued.