The 2019 edition of the Clubs Captains Retreat organized by the Nigeria Players Union, National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers NANPF, with the theme ” Players and Union State of Affairs, Challenges and Solutions for a New Era for Nigerian Football Players” will hold from 4 – 5 of August 2019 in Akure Ondo State

The 2019 edition of the Retreat, an annual forum for all Clubs Captains in the NPFL prior to the commencement of the new league season, will witness an enlarge participants that will include Clubs Captains from the NNL Nigeria Women Pro- league , and zonal reps of Clubs in the Nation wide league, plus representatives from the NFF, LMC, NNL, NWPFL, NWL-One, Premiere and NNL Clubs Owners Associations, NCA , NRA, FIAN, and States FA’s

The forum in session shall discus amongst others, issues that
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1 the importance of setting up the National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC) and the need for a balanced representation in dispute resolution in accordance with FIFA Regulations of National dimension

2 the importance of seeking solutions to the major issues in football by all those involved ( players, Coaches, Clubs, leagues, Football Intermediaries, States FA’s, Federation, CAF, and FIFA) within legitimate Football Structures, making use of methods of social dialogue such as collective agreements

3 the importance of having Professional Footballers in the Professional leagues compulsorily represented by registered football intermediaries

4 the importance of seeking for alternative dispute resolution mechanism vis a vis the enforcement of arbitration decisions

5 the importance of the involvement of the players’ Union in the consultation process in the Federation and leagues bodies in taking decisions that directly or indirectly impact on Players career and wellbeing in line with global football practice

6 the importance of putting the right football structures, particularly at the base of our football pyramid in place that will guarantee sustainable development and growth of our players so that they can become better professionals

Others such as players Contract, Players Pension Scheme and other forms of social security for players, players unprofessional attitudes in terms of their obligations and responsibilities, trade restrain etc will be a major focus of the retreat

Further more the retreat will also witness the presentation of Awards to 11+1 NPFL league players voted as the best players in each wing position and the MVP by their colleagues for the 2018/2019 premiere league season under the platform of the Nigeria Players Ball award put together by the players Union

We look forward to a robust discussions that will improve and impact positively on overall development of football in Nigeria during the two days retreat

Danladi Musa
AGS Communication


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