The National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF) otherwise known as Players Union has appealed to all clubs that qualified for the 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) competitions, to settle all outstanding debts owed players and coaches or face disqualification.
According to a release signed by the Union’s National Public Relations Officer, Ogidi Mohammed Mutairu, the clubs: Rangers International FC of Enugu, Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt and Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi face debarment from CAF competitions.
The release reads in part: “In the light of the above, we as the recognized labour union passionately championing the cause of professional footballers in Nigeria are concerned that in the midst of the jamboree and fanfare that followed the achievement of these clubs, the purported cash gifts and allocations, to these clubs following their success, they seem to have sworn to starve players and coaches of their salaries and as usual disobey NFF Arbitration Committee decisions. It is our insistence that this culture of clubs depriving players and coaches of their livelihood must stop.”
It threatened to invoke Article 3.1of the CAF Club Licensing Regulations, which disqualifies clubs on ground of breach of contract by not paying their players and coaches their entitlements.