By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
As clubs rush to beat the deadline for club licencing ahead of the 2020-2021 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership kick-off date of December 9, 2020, players welfare is still a key issue for clubs as far as the league is concerned.
www.kick442.com had reported that players of Pelican Stars and Delta Queens are being owed a backlog of salaries ahead of next season.
On Wednesday, this Pan African Sports News Portal can confirm that Pelican Stars have paid two months out of about 18 months’ salaries the club are owing players.
“We are training ahead of our season opener. The club only paid two out of the salaries that they are owing us.” A player of Pelican Stars who pleaded anonymity told www.kick442.com.
Another NWFL Premiership side, Delta Queens is yet to respond to their players’ welfare and is still owing them about 15 months’ salaries.
“The club are yet to play us. Information reaching me is that the club is trying to pay us this week due to the registration process that is going on with NWFL in Abuja ahead of next month’s kick-off date.” Says a player of Delta Queens.
“I don’t think I will be able to return to Delta Queens. For now, I’m looking for a new club where I can play because I don’t have money to go back to the club.” Another Delta Queens player told www.kick442.com.
This new portal can also confirm that Ibom Angels are owing their players three months’ salaries. Nonetheless, the players have resumed camp in preparation for next season.
“We have resumed camp last week. The club is still owing us about three months’ salaries.” A player of Ibom Angels opened up to www.kick442.com.
The Chairperson of NWFL, Ms. Aisha Falode says the league board is leaving no stone unturned by ensuring that player welfare is attended to by the clubs.
“We have asked clubs to submit their statement of account to show that they are not owing players. They are also expected to submit players insurance documents, medical reports, and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) documents to show that they are fully registered before they are allowed to play in the league. These are some of the prerequisites for our club licencing ahead of the 2020-2021 league season. Players should be assured that their plight will be attended to.” Aisha Falode told www.kick442.com.
Players’ welfare is key as far as the league is concerned. This will put the players in the right frame of mind to give their best on the field of play.
It is against this that this Pan African Sports News Portal is appealing to the concerned quarters to look into the issue of players welfare as far as the NWFL is concerned.
The major league actors should not be allowed to suffer after putting in their best on the field of play.
NWFL club licencing prerequisites is the way forward and we appeal that it should be followed to the latter without fear or favour ahead of the 2020-2021 season.
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