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How wealthy are NPFL players?

How rich are NPFL players

Hello, how are you doing today, I trust you are fine because you obeyed government directives of staying at home. I know, I know, government and health workers are pricks by forcing us to stay at home. Who wouldn’t enjoy having some very good beer with friends and watching football at the magnificent Godswill Akpabio International Stadium?

The annoying part is that some clowns who are working for the government/politicians are moving around the whole town, going nowhere, doing as if nothing is happening, living an expensive life while others are struggling to have a daily meal. We know Nigeria is a setup but we must do as we are told, even if nobody loves doing that, the government, NCDC, and other health professionals are saying we should stay home, so just stay at home folks.

Let’s get back to football because that’s what’s left of sports, players talking to journalists, reacting to issues, having live chat on Instagram and what have you.

Yesterday I wrote on the debate of who is the greatest footballer to ever play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, names have been mentioned, but as I said on the blog, whether it is Mikel Obi, Kanu Nwankwo or Rashidi Yekini, it is inconsequential to me. I keep on saying football is a team sport, trying to single out certain individuals as the greatest is absurd, the player didn’t play all by himself, teammates made that player who he was. I am not in any way trying to downplay the role and impact certain individuals have on their respective teams, but that is what it is.

Let’s move on to something else today, but before I do that, let me announce that this column will take a new dimension on the time of its publication, I realized publishing it late in the afternoon is not ideal, so I will move the time of publication to the early hours.

Right, yesterday a story emerged from Busybuddiesng, quoting Super Eagles goalkeeper who also plays for Heartland FC, saying that footballers in the NPFL are not poor. It is quite ironical as compared to contrary opinions that these guys are not well paid. It is no longer news that the LMC had set a benchmark for clubs on how much they are to pay players as minimum wage, it is said the last player in the league earns N150,000.

Heartland goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa says NPFL players are rich
Heartland goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa says NPFL players are rich | Getty Images

By any standard, that is a good pay as salary in Nigeria, only senior civil servants and other well-paid jobs are entitled to such salaries, but footballers are receiving much more than that. We know footballers do not have pension scheme after retirement, but considering what they are earning, it’s good enough to give them a good life and to plan life after football.

Ezenwa said:

“NPFL players are not poor, we are rich. It is all about how you manage your income but we are not poor.

“The average player can receive one hundred and fifty thousand naira in the league, with some receiving two hundred thousand, five hundred thousand, seven hundred and fifty thousand and even one million naira.

“It’s all about how you manage your income and strategise it.

“In my perspective, we are rich. If you receive up to one million naira a month and you’re unable to live normally then something is wrong with that person.”

I totally agree with the man for the first time in my life, I’m one of those who always question his inclusion in the national team, but after reading that interview with Tobi Adepoju, I have huge respect for the man. NPFL players are always hiding behind, claiming they are not well paid, but look at what a fellow player is saying.

I am aware of players who received N1m as their monthly salary in this league, some N800k, some N500k. Those who are receiving 250k to N400k are all over the league, only MFM I can say is not capable of paying such a huge amount because they are privately owned, and it explains why their best players are always leaving for bigger teams, FC Ifeanyiubah, the other private team in the league have since abandoned the idea of paying huge salaries.

Issues of prompt payment of salaries by clubs have reduced to the barest minimum, only a few teams are owing salaries and other allowances, and I am aware those teams are trying to settle these issues with the players.

Most of these players who are receiving huge amounts as salary do not pay for rent, the lodge at the clubhouse and you are persuaded to ask what they do with these monies. Anyway, that is not my problem, it is their right to do whatever they like with their money. That is what it is.

Thank you Ezenwa for speaking out.

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Like I always say, stay at home to stay alive. Till tomorrow, have a fantastic Wednesday.

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