As the player’s and managers’ transfer season continues in the top tier division in Nigeria’s League football certainly, several deals have been sealed with many others in the pipeline for completion as teams are looking to maintain, better and own a domineering position in the upcoming Nigerian Professional Football League season.
The Nigerian Professional Football League on Monday, September 19 in a letter sent out to several stakeholders involved in the league which includes the players and their unions, the players’ intermediaries, all football clubs and the general public on the latest development on players signing attestation letters.
“Note that the player registration exercise for the 2022/23 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League is still ongoing. Be therefore informed that any contracted player who signs an attestation document in furtherance of their registration may be stopped from making any further claims against the club involved.”
“Note that the attestation document which is a requirement for the registration of contract players is intended to help the league registration officers clarify the non-indebtedness of clubs to players.”
“Therefore, a player who signs an attestation document discharges his club of liability for overdue payable to clear a pathway for registration.”
“Players and their intermediaries or representatives are therefore advised on the implication of signing attestation documents, as players will henceforth be held accountable for endorsement made in the stated document.”
“Players are therefore enjoined to be professional in the discharge of their contractual obligations to their employers/club at all times, to be legally and justifiably grounded in their claims for overdue payables.”
“Without prejudice to the above, All football clubs should note that nothing in the foregoing paragraphs shall constitute a waiver of their contractual obligations to their players as stated in Rule 89.45 of the framework and rules of the Nigerian Professional Football League.”
“The above is for your information and immediate compliance.”
This seems to be coming given many notable squabbles across the years between the players and the clubs they represent, bear in mind that the 2022/23 transfer window comes to a close on the 30th of September, 2022 and all the clubs involved in the NPFL have been told to wrap up their transfer dealings before that date as there are no assurances that the date would be pushed forward to accommodate clubs not able to meet with the set date.