By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Former Enyimba FC of Aba player, Emmanuel Issah has said that time has come when the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC) take decisive action against club sides that fail to fulfill their financial oblgations to their players.
He stated that it is absurd for teams to owe players backlog of salaries and allowances and still expect them to put in their best noting that it’s only when players and officials are well motivated that they can perform optimally.
“It’s absurd that many teams still owe players backlog of salaries and when they demand for it, they would either be victimised or threatened with sack and there is no way our football can fully develop under such condition.
“The NFF and LMC are not helping matters because they treat the issue with the kid gloves. According to the 2003 CAF Champions League winner, there is need for the football ruling house to go beyound getting commitmemts from club managements on their readiness to pay players but should be mandated to deposit a certain amount of money before they would be allowed to register for the League and sign an undertaking that in case of failure to pay their players, the football house will have no option than to use such monies to pay the players.
Issah who was excited with some away wins recorded so far in the League that enters ‘Day” 5 this week said such development is good for the country’s domestic League.
“I’m happy that teams now get the maximum points on the road. What this shows is that there is an improvement in the country’s football, winning at all cost has been reduced and officiating improved greatly.
“This development must be sustained because it will make all the teams to be well prepared for any game”, he concluded.