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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

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.

 

 

Ronaldo wins 2016 Ballon d’Or… now one short of Messi’s record

 

The award, which was presented in Paris on Monday night, is Ronaldo’s fourth.

Now separated from FIFA and back with France Football magazine, the award is voted by n...

Olympics: Siasia reveals drama with Dalung

Olympics: Siasia reveals drama with Dalung

By Tony Ubani, just back from Rio

Despite the no love lost relationship between Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung and bronze-wining U-23 Olympic football coach, Samson Siasi...

The seven sporting events that caught our attention last week

The seven sporting events that caught our attention last week

Falcons qualify for 10th Nations Cup

Nigeria’s Super Falcons are through to the 10th Africa Women’s Cup of after beating Senegal 2-0 in Abuja last Tuesday.

The African cham...

Oliseh gets FIFA appointment

Oliseh gets FIFA appointment

Former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh has been appointed into the new FIFA technical committee. Oliseh managed the Nigerian national team for seven months before he re...

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