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NPFL players’ salaries: LMC to evaluate club licensing implementation

Abuja – The League Management Company (LMC) said it would review the CAF Club Licensing procedure introduced last season to check the level of compliance by the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs.

Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the LMC, said  over the telephone that the assessment became necessary as some clubs had flouted the rules.

He said this had led to the reneging of some clubs in the payment of players’ salaries.

NAN reports that some clubs, including FC Taraba, Rangers International FC of Enugu, Warri Wolves, owed their players huge amount of money ranging from sign-on fees to salaries.

Abubakar said clubs that violated the licensing procedure in the course of the season would be sanctioned and possibly, prevented from participating in CAF organised competitions.

“We have mandated our clubs since 2013/2014 season to abide by the CAF Club Licensing rules.

“You remember that what happened in the celebrated case of Nembe City FC and Giwa FC, when we newly introduced the club licensing practice.

“Both clubs said they can’t pay the LMC’s N150,000 minimum salaries for every player in the NPFL but they were given some condition which they later met.

“We have started much earlier and as I am talking with you now, there is no club we registered this season without the club licensing procedure.

“For any club to play in the league it must meet the minimum registration standard and this entails the prompt payment of players’ salaries,’’ Abubakar said.

He said those owing their players would be sanctioned at the expiration of deadline given by the LMC.

Abubakar said that the league was beginning to attract viewership and sponsors following the innovations introduced by the new leadership of Shehu Dikko.


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