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Union set for showdown with clubs over sacked players – Punch Newspapers


Idris Adesina

The National Association of Nigerian Professional Football Players has said it will ensure that the salaries and bonuses of the players fired  by  their  clubs  are paid.

 Kano Pillars, El-Kanemi Warriors and Shooting Stars top the list of the clubs who  sacked some of their players recently.

Maiduguri Premier League side El-Kanemi fired 15 players while Pillars sacked eight players. Ibadan side Shooting Stars, who were relegated to the National League at the end of last season, sacked 20 players.

However, our correspondent learnt  that many   of the  clubs who  sacked  some of their players had  yet to give them their entitlements.

 The NANPF, who  said  clubs  had the right to fire any players they  deem surplus to requirements,  vowed to  make such clubs fulfil their obligations to such players.

 The Secretary-General of the association, Austin Popo, told our correspondent that the body had been compiling the list  of the players and  studying the  contracts  they signed.

“Nigerian clubs have a penchant for sacking  players who are still  under  contracts without  compensation,  but the  NANPF will not allow that this time  round,” Popo said.

“Many of the players sacked still have contracts with the clubs and the law states that although a  contract can be terminated by either party at any time, the player  must be compensated. But most clubs do not pay the players they sack.

“The players should come forward to the union so that we can help them get their entitlements.”

 The ex-international added, “We plan to contact the League Management Company as we did in  the case of  Kola Anubi.  We will work with them to get the required justice for the players. The NFF will also be notified when it is required.”

But spokesman for  El-Kanemi, Anthony Obaseki, said the club  had paid the  players they  sacked.

He said, “We won’t have any issue with the players released because some of them joined us on loan and they have been released to their parent clubs. The others who were released have no contract with us again and have been settled.”

Spokesman for Pillars, Idris Malikawa, said, “The affected players would be paid their entitlements  before they leave.

“Pillars follow the established guidelines when it comes to players’ transfers and rights. So whatever is meant to be paid  the players will  be settled before they leave.”

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