Pillars’ experience reveals domestic league players’ ordeal, says Chukwu
FORMER Super Eagles’ coach, Christian Chukwu, has charged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and its affiliate body, the League Management Company (LMC), to provide comprehensive insurance policies for players and their officials, this he said will give them enough financial security while discharging their duties to their clubs.
Speaking on the backdrop of the armed robbers’ attack on players and officials of Kano Pillars, who were travelling to Owerri last week for their opening game of the Glo Nigeria Premier League, Chukwu said the incident has exposed the agony teams featuring in the league face while travelling across the country to play league matches.
He explained that one of the means of making the Nigerian league more interesting is for the football body to provide adequate welfare packages for players, arguing that it would make the players more committed to their teams.
The former Harambee Stars of Kenya coach called on the federation to see the attack on Pillars as a call to revamp players and officials’ security, adding, “players and officials need quality insurance policy. Assuming the team travelled by air they would have also faced security issues. Teams means of transport, whether by air or by road should not be the issue
“The main issue is for the NFF to improve the welfare package of the players to meet with the challenges posed by this type of unfortunate incident or any other unforeseen danger. This will go a long way to improve the standard of the domestic league.”
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