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Nigerian League: Disu Backs Players In Protest Against Slavish Contracts

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Former Nigeria international, Tajudeen Disu, has given his endorsement for players in the Nigeria Premier League to walk out of debtor clubs.

The issue of league clubs owing their players backlog of salaries and sometimes being intimidated was one of the low points of last season, and ahead of the commencement of the 2015/2016 season, Disu who is the Director of the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) and Chairman of the Lagos Players Union spoke exclusively to Completesportsnigeria.com on the worrisome issue.

"I support in its entirety, players in the league leaving debtor clubs after two weeks of prior notice," Disu stated.

"Yes, we want to make sure that slavery for Nigerian footballers is over. Almost every team in Nigeria are owning their players, and at the end of the season they will sack some of them without paying them, and evenmaking it tough for them to be cleared."

Disu highlighted the flaws in the contractual agreement between clubs and players and why it has been easy for clubs to owe their players in the Nigerian league.

"My objective is to make sure we help players get their monies and also make sure these players sign contract papers," Disu told Completesportsnigeria.com.

"Most of the teams don't give these players contract papers. So when they sack them, they won't have any document to fight them. A lot of things are wrong in the system, and we want to correct them."

The Mexico '83 U-20 World Cup star stressed that the Players Union are not ready to engage in ego fights with any organisation, but protect the rights of Nigerian players.

Disu reiterated: "We are not here to fight anybody, but to help the better again.

"If we want a better league, we must pay the players, coaches and other officials at when due. No player can play well with empty stomach, we are not here to fight anybody.

"Once they are doing the right things by paying the players and officials and playing by the rules and regulations of the game, the glamour will come back. The players will start playing well, the fans will be back to watch games. 

"Our number one priority is to make sure the players welfare is taken care of," the former Flying Eagles and Abiola Babes defender stressed.

The Glo Premier League kicks off February 21, 2016.

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