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Home Sport Football/Soccer Delayed wages, fan attacks and no contracts: why Africa’s young soccer stars keep leaving

Delayed wages, fan attacks and no contracts: why Africa’s young soccer stars keep leaving

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BY Yomi Kazeem

Many African youngsters dream of becoming wealthy soccer stars, but as a new report shows, Africa is a hard place to make that dream a reality. The annual employment report by the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro), a global soccer player union, reveals African-based professional soccer stars often play under dire conditions.

FIFPro’s 2016 Global Employment Report is compiled from responses to anonymous surveys of professional soccer club players across the world.

The union found that delayed pay was a common problem across the 13 African countries surveyed. This issue is most prevalent in Gabon, with 96% of the players reporting overdue pay, “the highest incidence of delayed pay in the world,” according to FIFPro. In Tunisia, 94% of the soccer players also report delayed payments, but FIFPro attributed this to a “dramatic slowdown” in football after terrorist attacks in the country last year. As a result, “several clubs owned by businessmen in the ailing tourism industry are not paying footballers on time,” the report says.

The report says that as a result of the pay issue, players are often susceptible to advances from match-fixing cartels—10% of players surveyed said they were aware of match fixing taking place in their league.

 

 

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