Babangida seeks ICPC’s intervention in players’ abuse


The Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria has sought the intervention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission in the plight and maltreatment of Nigerian players by their clubs.

 PFAN president, Tijjani Babangida, pleaded for the commission’s intervention in protecting the players’ welfare and jobs at their Nigerian clubs during a courtesy visit to the ICPC chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN.

Babangida was accompanied on the visit by former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Emmanuel Babayaro, who acted as the spokesman for the visiting team.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the ICPC spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, titled, ’PFAN seeks ICPC’s intervention over maltreatment of Nigerian football players.’

The PFAN president decried the exploitation of Nigerian players by their clubs in the signing of agreements and payment of salaries and allowances.

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He said, “The Nigerian player is one of the most negatively exploited in the world and back home in Nigeria, it is even worse. From non-payment of salaries and allowances despite contractual agreement to sacking of players at the beginning or middle of their contracts without payment, and official bloating of players’ wages while paying them peanuts, these have been the plight of Nigerian players.”

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