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Chukwu Charges LMC On Players’ Welfare

Posted: May 24, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor


Christian Chukwu, Technical Consultant of Enugu Rangers, has charged the League Management Company (LMC) to enforce the laws on players’ contract with their employers in order to improve their welfare.

Chukwu made the statement in Enugu on Monday in a chat with Independent, while assessing the performance of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) teams in the first stanza of the season.

The former Super Eagles handler, who commended the LMC for raising the standard of the league, believes, that, “The LMC has tried so far, but there is still room for improvement.

He said: “LMC has a great role to play on the welfare of players because they are the managers of the NPFL. It is their duty to ensure that the players are in good condition in their various clubs.”

Against this backdrop, Chukwu reiterated, “It is in the LMC players contract act to ensure that employers pay their players salaries and other entitlements as at when due; the clause should be enforced for the players to live a good life.

He said further: “For now, not much has been done to improve the welfare of players. Clubs still owe their players several months. That is not good enough; the players are humans with families to carter for.”

However, Chukwu, who has been making great contributions in the development of Nigerian football at the top flight, asserted that the NPFL referees have improved tremendously in their handling of matches.

“Referees at the NPFL are now on top of their games because they have improved themselves. Teams presently can win matches anywhere. Abia Warriors lost at home on Sunday to Sunshine Stars; it is amazing,” he enthused.

Speaking further, he said: “There were lots of away wins in the first round; it is because the referees now have security assurance and by extension good welfare package as well.”

On the possibility of Rangers winning the league this season, he said, “The league is still very open, but Rangers has not lost any hope of the title. During this break, we will try to work on the team holistically, particularly the players’ welfare.”

Chukwu concluded by urging the LMC to maintain the present tempo in the NPFL to enable Nigerian clubs compete successfully with their counterparts from other countries in Africa.