Ex- Nigerian International, Fuludu, supports N150, 000 minimum wage for local players

 Mr. Fuludu says the implementation of N150, 000 minimum salary structure will motivate Nigerian players to stay in the local club.

Ex-international, Edema Fuludu, has said that the N150,000 proposed minimum salary for players in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, is feasible if the necessary structures are put in place.

Mr. Fuludu made the remark in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.

The LMC recently broached the idea of making N150, 000 the least amount clubs could pay their players as salaries, to improve their living standards.

The former Super Eagles attacking midfielder added that the LMC should also make it compulsory for clubs to remit funds into the LMC’s account.

“Clubs should pay indemnities and put money in the LMC’s account. This will show the clubs that are capable to be in the league.

“Those who cannot cope, let them step aside even if we end up having only 10 clubs left, they should be properly run to attract more sponsors.

“The clubs should be willing to do what is right, that is when this can work, they can’t depend on government alone they should seek more sponsorships.

“N150, 000 if converted to dollars, one will realise that it’s still a paltry sum, but considering our economic situation, I also know that a lot of clubs depend on government for funds,’’ he said.

Mr. Fuludu, who was the immediate-past team Manager of Warri Wolves FC, added that most clubs would find the proposal a very difficult one.

“I think they should even merge sign on fees and salaries together, so that players will be paid even much more, and this can only be possible through corporate sponsors.

“By so doing, players will be encouraged to stay in the system, instead of always looking for a way to run out of the country, to more developed leagues abroad,” Mr. Fuludu said.


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