By Olayinka Owolewa
Ilorin, Oct. 6 2020 Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, has commenced the payment of outstanding salaries and sign-on fees of players and officials of the Kwara United Football Club.
The approval and payment is in fulfilment of the financial criteria of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Club Licensing Regulations, ahead of the commencement of the 2020/2021 NPFL season.
It would be recalled that Kwara United FC players and officials are owed salaries and sign-on fees between 2013 and 2019.
The Chairman of the club, Kumbi Titiloye, who confirmed the development, said that the first approval covers 50 percent salaries of players of the main and feeder teams for the month of March 2019, and full salaries for players and officials of the main and feeder teams for November 2015.
He said that government will continue to release the money approved monthly, in installments, until all the arrears are cleared.
He praised Governor AbdulRazaq’s gesture and commended the players and officials for showing understanding.
He said that the Governor had shown great understanding, especially when it mattered most, and that he has again demonstrated his unalloyed support and love for the club, and sports generally.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Players Union in the state, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF), in a release signed by its Secretary, Ganiyu Balogun, thanked Governor AbdulRazaq for the commencement of the payment of the outstanding salaries and sign-on fees.
They commended the Governor for applying wisdom and understanding, in alleviating the problem of some players, whom he said have retired from active football.
He assured the Governor that the union will continue to support his administration.