National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) has asked world football governing body, FIFA, to intervene in the payment of over N264 million owed their members by the various Nigerian clubs.
In a letter dated April 24 and addressed to the FIFA players’ status committee, NANPF complained that the NFF have failed to enforce this payment awarded by the NFF arbitration committee leading to some of the beneficiaries turning to beggars on the streets.
“The total award to the coaches and players by the arbitration committee amounts to N264, 203,500 while the undecided cases amount to N421, 600, 000,” the letter signed by NANPF general secretary Austin Popo read in part.
“Unfortunately, the NFF have demonstrated gross ineptitude, incapability and helplessness in enforcing the decisions of the players’ arbitration committee in the face of serious breach and non-compliance by the affected professional clubs.”
The players’ union has therefore implored FIFA to intervene in the interest of peace and harmony.