Players union drags Nigerian clubs to FIFA over unpaid wages

Tijani Babangida, President players union
Tijani Babangida - photo credit: the guardian

The Nigerian Players Union has stated that the body will write to FIFA and World Players Union (Fifpro) regarding players who are owed wages and salaries by Nigerian clubs since 2015.

In an interview with Brila FM, President of the Nigerian players union and former Super Eagles winger, Tijani Babangida revealed that the union will write world football body to consider Nigerian players playing in the country for FIFA’s  Fund for Football Players.

Babangida said the body has contacted club captains to forward names of players who are owed within the time frame and the clubs they played for compilation through the Nigerian players union to FIFA and world players union FIFpro.

“About the intervention fund, it’s between 2015 to date. They asked the union to combine names and clubs so that they can be able to send for them and then they can see it.

“Well, it’s surprising when they called me and told us that FIFA is asking us to write but we already communicated with most of the captains to come ahead and bring names of players that are owed and clubs.

“I think we get already from Taraba who said they were owed in 2015. So all these names we are going to gather and send to FIFA and FIFpro at the same time.”

Fifa and Fifpro – the world players’ union in February set up a global fund to protect players’ salaries.

The Fifa Fund for Football Players (Fifa FFP) is to provide financial support to players who have not been – and will not be – paid by their club.

World governing body Fifa has set aside $16m (£12.3m) for the fund up to 2022, split into yearly allocations.

Another $5m (£3.8m) has also been allocated for players affected between July 2015 and June 2020.


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