Nigeria Players Union tackles LMC over decisions on Giwa FC

By Daily Sports on August 19, 2016

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The National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers otherwise, known as the Nigeria Players Union, has reacted to a circular issued by the League Management Company (LMC), addressed to club chairmen/general managers dated 17th August 2016 over the expulsion of Giwa FC from the Nigeria Professional Football League, stating that the LMC appeared to have in one swoop reinstated Giwa FC to the Nigerian League after months of expelling them.

The LMC had through the letter, directed that No club shall henceforth feature any player whose registration it acquired on the basis of the expulsion of Giwa FC, effectively withdrawing such registrations.

The union observed that “the EX cathedra directive as contained in the circular is purportedly hinged on an interim Court Order emanating from the Plateau State High Court of justice. The order was made in a suit filed by one Mustaphar Abubakar – claiming to be acting for himself and on behalf of Giwa FC.”

The union expressed concern that “we cannot banter words, with the League Management Company for appearing to obey a court order,  and we cannot comment on the case because it is SUB-JUDICE but as a law abiding body whose sole interest is anchored on protection of Nigerian Professional Players in the League, it is pertinent we raise the following concerns:

“The LMC decision to exclude players procured on the expulsion of Giwa FC, from playing for their new clubs, while the league continues without them is in itself highly discriminatory and a flagrant breach of both FIFA statute and its own NPFL Framework. (See Article 3,4, 14 (i) 15 (c & e) and 4 of the FIFA Statute and The Preamble to the NPFL frame work 2016).

“The exclusion of these players from playing matches would bear negatively on their livelihood, as most of them will not be paid, and are technically rendered club less by this directive,” the football body said in a statement issued by Malachy Ugwuanyi, Legal Adviser, stating that “whatever events that lead to this policy summersault was never the fault of these players, since their contract with Giwa Fc became RES EXTINTA.”

The body urged LMC to prepare another circular directing and ensuring the clubs involved to pay these players or take responsibility of paying the affected players and officials while they wait further outcomes from the court.

“We wish to remind the league Management Company and all parties and stakeholders that the interest of players should always be paramount in footballing decision. We wish to urge the League Management Company to continue obeying the NFF Tribunal Decisions to foster the rule of law and Sporting Justice.”


Source Daily Sports

Posted August 19, 2016


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