Collective Bargaining Agreement for the NPFL?

In a recent press release, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) revealed that it had sought the intervention of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in order to pressure the League Management Company (LMC) into signing a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) proposed by NANPF. The LMC is the company that administers the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) – the top flight football league in the country. Being a players’ union, NANPF assumes the role of seeking to protect the welfare and interests of football players in Nigeria. The proposal by NANPF for a collective bargaining agreement is a[…]

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Calm Down, Rangers are not yet Champions.

One can understand the excitement over the imminent end to the three-decade wait for a trophy that Rangers International – one of the historical clubs in the Nigerian league – has had to endure. Their 2-1 away win at Ikorodu United coupled with Rivers United being held at home to a goalless draw by Abia Warriors has placed the Flying Antelopes (as Rangers are fondly called) on the verge of league victory for the first time since 1984. However, even though many media outlets, pundits, fans and even players have declared Rangers as winners of the current NPFL season, the[…]

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South-West Derby: May the True Stars Shine Today

  The star match of match-day 29 in the NPFL is undoubtedly the oriental derby between Enyimba (Aba) and Rangers (Enugu), which is live on Supersport at 4pm today. Both are the most successful teams in the history of the Nigerian league, with 7 and 6 trophies respectively. Although Rangers have endured a 32-year trophy drought, this season, they are well in the hunt for the league title to equal Enyimba’s record. Just below these teams in terms of trophy count is Shooting Stars (Ibadan), with 5 titles. Their South-West derby with Sunshine Stars (Akure) also comes up today and[…]

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NPFL: Understanding the 3-Year-Minimum-Contract Rule

A lot has been said about the three-year-minimum-contract rule being implemented in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Some have argued against it, while others have argued in favour of it. Whereas the aim of the rule is to enhance contractual stability and welfare of players, there are those who feel that it ties players down to contracts which clubs often fail to implement. Strangely enough, among the antagonists of this rule is the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON), whose aim is the labour-unionist goal of protecting the interest of players. The Association argued in a recent petition,[…]

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Understanding the League Governance Structure in the NPFL: The LMC Model

  Introduction For the past couple of seasons, the Chairmen and Managers of the elite football clubs in Nigeria have – in addition to their on-field battles – been fighting to exclude the League Management Company (LMC) from the management and operation of the top-flight football league in Nigeria. This battle is based on what they deem to be their right to elect an Executive Board from amongst themselves to exclusively manage the league in which they participate. Historically, professional football league commenced in Nigeria in 1990 by virtue of decrees of the then Federal Military Government; however, since the[…]

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If Honeywell Noodles Sponsored a Nigerian Club

Hate it or love it, the Honeywell Noodles ‘Ipod Boy’ (a.k.a. “Bam Bam la la”) advert is catchy. Whether a little child dancing along to the television commercial; or an adult singing along while stuck in traffic, the advert really does leave an impression. Anyway, this is not about the success level of Honeywell Noodles’ attempt to wrest a share of the noodles market from Indomie; rather it is a thought about creative ways to encourage brand sponsorship, especially in Nigerian domestic football. We all love it when we see goal scorers celebrate with the likes of ‘Etighi’ and ‘Azonto’[…]

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