The club owners also abolished sign-on fees.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Premier League Club Owners Association, Isaac Danladi, has confirmed that players in the Premier League will earn a minimum of N150,000 monthly in the coming league season.
In a chat with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, Mr. Danladi said that clubs have agreed on minimum wage salary payment as well as abolishing the payment of sign-on fees.
“Yes, we (club owners) have agreed and abolished the issue of sign on fees and we have already increased the salary which is above the N150,000 compulsory salary we are talking about. The general decision is that they all (clubs) have agreed to pay the money.”
Mr. Danladi defended the abolishing of sign on fees in the league, explaining, “They will only pay an enhanced salary as sign on fees. Their money (supposed sign on fees) will be divided into 12 and converted into a salary because it doesn’t make sense when a player signed a contract of N5 million only gets N1 million all in the name of sign on fees.”
Sign on fees – money a player gets on signing to a club – is a common practice in international football and other local leagues.
Mr. Danladi assured that clubs would abide with the new resolutions.
“It is the duty of every club to respect whatever resolution, and the LMC too has to monitor and ensure that terms and conditions are well respected. I don’t think any club will falter,” he said.
While commenting on the last league season, he said, “It was so far so good. It was the tightest league I have ever witnessed in recent times and again to the extent that up to the last group matches there was no relegated team and there was no champion. So, even though it was stressful, again, the end justified the means as we were able to have what looked like a good league.”
He commended the Super Eagles, currently participating at African Nation Championships, CHAN, in South Africa, saying he believed they could make it through to the last stage.
“Well, the boys upped their game yesterday. They had the zeal to win and they tried to redeem their image against Mozambique. They were more focused and determined to deliver and I know that they will continue to improve with every match.”
The 2013/2014 league season will start on February 21.