Ex-Nationals, Seek Players Boycott of Nigerian Leagues if Management Fails to Implement Fundamental Control
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Two ex-Nigerian National under-17 players has joined the Forum for Better Organized Nigeria League to call for the boycott of the nation’s domestic leagues by the players if managers of the leagues fails to Implement the fundamental control for professional football in the country.
The ex under-17 players, Daniel Joshua and Amadu Usman, who gave the advice at a press conference on Friday in Kaduna, said footballers should always know that there is life after football carrier which is more difficult to live.
According to them, most of the players in the Nigerian leagues are playing without a signed contract while others who are lucky to be signed are never paid their sign up fees.
Sharing his experience, Daniel who was a member of the team that won Nigeria the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, told journalists that Niger Tornadoes is still yet to pay for his services years after.
According to him, “In Nigeria, things are not running they way they are supposed to be ran, our players don’t have insurance benefits which is not supposed to be so.
“I had an accident playing for Nigeria and I have been struggling for my life just because there is nothing waiting for me. Nothing to fall back to and now am paralysed.
“Am begging the Minister of Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare to come to my aid and that of our local players.
“Am also calling on the our players to boycott the leagues if there are no plans for them and if nothing is done about it they also end up like most of us.
On his part, Amodu, urged the players to wake-up and fight for what belongs to them, other he says their future will be blink.
“In Nigeria, things are not being done the right way, as a football player you don’t expect to play football the rest of your life, if you don’t do something you will end up roaming the streets.
“I call on the players to boycott the 2020/2021 League Season, if the template put in place by the Forum for Better Organized Nigeria League, is not implemented.”
He said to get it right in the Nigerian league management, everyone most play his role, especially the players, by ensuring they stand on their rights and not be allowed to be manipulated by the manager.
Coordinator of the Forum for Better League, Vincent Akinbami, had earlier said the forum have already submitted the template criterion to all necessary managers of the nation’s domestic leagues.
The criterion according to him includes; sporting criteria, infrastructure
criteria, personnel and administrative criteria, legal criteria and financial criteria.
All these He said are geared towards ensuring a prosperous league, robust welfare scheme for players, high returns to the leagues amongst many other benefits.