Abolition of sign-on fee healthy for Nigerian football – Inyama

Sign-on fee was a major setback to the Nigeria football system, the administrator said.

The Chairman, Nigeria National League, NNL, Emeka Inyama, has described as healthy, the abolition of sign-on fees for players in the Nigerian elite league, Globacom Premier League.

Mr. Inyama said the policy if properly implemented would reposition the nation’s football to a standard that players and clubs would be happy about.

The NNL chairman said on Monday in Umuahia that before now, sign-on fee was the major setback to Nigeria football system.

“The reason why sign-on fees constitute a major problem in the management of the Nigerian Premier League is that 90 per cent of the clubs are government-owned.

“It became very difficult for government to release large amounts of money to clubs at a time.

“‘This is in view of other competing demands from other sectors like health, education and security among others,” he said.

Mr. Inyama, the chairman of Abia Warriors FC, said his club was the first to abolish sign-on fees in the country, noting that the policy favoured both players and the team management.

“Before now, experience has shown that these sign-on fees are hardly paid to players by club owners and this actually resulted in problems between clubs and players,” he said.

Mr. Inyama said the best way out was for clubs to pay better salaries to players and team management.

“If a player earns N500,000 or N350, 000 a month, it makes more sense than sign-on fees that are never paid,” he said.

Mr. Inyama, whose club was recently promoted to the Globacom Premier League, said Abia Warriors abolished the payment of sign-fees since the 2013 football season.

He said the policy gave the club a better atmosphere to gain promotion.

Mr. Inyama urged the NNL to monitor the directive that clubs in the country should adhere to the minimum of N150,000 salary for a player.

He advocated that clubs should sign players for up to three years, noting that short duration adversely affected players’ development.

(NAN)

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