–Enyimba, Rangers, Heartland, Others benefit from extended transfer window
By Sab Osuji:
Organisers of the Nigeria domestic top flight, the League Management Company (LMC) has given additional seven clubs clean bill of financial health which will empower them take active part in the extended mid season transfer market, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Six time champions, Enyimba, Heartland and Enugu Rangers top the list of seven clubs who submitted their verified documents to LMC as at close of work Friday evening.
Completesportsnigeria.com reports that Sunshine Stars, El-Kanemi Warriors, Warri Wolves and Lobi Stars complete the number with Kano Pillars, Abia Warriors and Bayelsa United had previously been certified financially healthy enough by meeting the players salaries payment requirements stipulated by LMC.
Salihu Abubakar, Chief Operating Officer of LMC in a statement signed by Harry Iwuala disclosed that Kano Pillars, Abia Warriors and Bayelsa that were earlier certified to have met the proof of compliance have now been paid the second installment of the Basic Award.
All the 20 Clubs of the Glo Premier League had at the start of the season received N10m each from the LMC as the first installment of the Basic Award and the LMC had said they could receive more in the course of the season if they are found to have complied with requirements.
The LMC has also been paying an enhanced honorarium of all match officials covering their hotel accommodation and travel costs which represents additional expenses the league body relieved the clubs from since the 2012/13 season.
Abubakar said other clubs will also receive their Basic Award as soon as comprehensive verification of their documents is completed.
“We have created these procedures to protect players from the previous tales of unpaid salary arrears and will be working with the clubs to ensure overall improvement of players’ welfare,” remarked the LMC official.
Gombe United, Sharks and Giwa FC submitted documents that showed they were not paying players the NPFL minimum wage of N150, 000 and were thus not certified.