There is no san­ity in pro­mot­ing 8 teams to NPFL – Golbe

Weekly Trust - - Trust Sports - Plateau United cap­tain Elisha Golbe was re­cently elected as the sec­ond vice chair­man of the Play­ers Union. He shared his thoughts with Trust Sports on the pro­mo­tion of eight teams from the Nige­ria Na­tional League to the Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball Leagu

Con­grats on your elec­tion into the Play­ers’ Union ex­ec­u­tive. What are your roles as an ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber? First of all, I will like to ap­pre­ci­ate God for the priv­i­lege and op­por­tu­nity to be the sec­ond vice chair­man of the Play­ers Union. I am also rep­re­sent­ing ac­tive play­ers in the league since I am still ac­tive. Most of the po­si­tions are oc­cu­pied by the ex-play­ers in the union. When you are in po­si­tion like this you must have an ex­pec­ta­tion on what you want to achieve. Though the as­so­ci­a­tion has been here for some time, it is still a baby and com­ing up.

We will make sure we de­fend and pro­tect the in­tegrity of our play­ers be­cause most of the ac­tive play­ers don’t know their rights and maybe what they in­tend to achieve at the end of the day. With ori­en­ta­tion, sen­si­ti­za­tion, that will make them know their rights on is­sues of con­tract.

What are the goals of the Play­ers Union and whose in­ter­ests will it rep­re­sent?

This union is for both the for­eign and lo­cal play­ers but for now we are fo­cused on the lo­cal play­ers. For­eign play­ers most prob­a­bly have their own poli­cies where they are but we are also pro­tect­ing them be­cause one day they will re­tire since foot­ball goes with age. When they re­tire, they must fix them­selves some­where ei­ther as a coach or in teams’ board.

The sea­son is off now, what are the as­pi­ra­tions for the up­com­ing sea­son?

The goals for up­com­ing sea­son and you know its abridged league which is dif­fi­cult. Def­i­nitely we will pre­pare as the coaches and play­ers are go­ing to do their best to see that at the end of the day we achieve some­thing for our­selves. Foot­ball is game we must take one game at a time. You can’t dream to be a cham­pion, you must work hard to achieve your set goals.

Share your thoughts on the LMC and NNL stand on the pro­mo­tion of 8 teams.

We are Nige­ri­ans and any­thing can come up at any time. The lead­ers will do what is best for the league. The League Man­age­ment Com­pany of­fi­cials are try­ing their best to see the league come to a cer­tain stan­dard. I can’t say yes or not the pro­mo­tion of 8 teams but the LMC knows what is best.

The bring­ing of 8 teams means that a lot of teams will be rel­e­gated, and there is no san­ity in that. The NPFL play­ers are match rusty. As a pro­fes­sional you must train and do your job in ac­cor­dance to what you are ex­pected to achieve at the end of the day. As a player we must train and not re­lax be­cause the league has been sus­pended.

What is your take on the lo­cal play­ers, who have been ne­glected by Ger­not Rohr for the Su­per Ea­gles?

I dis­agree with Ger­not Rohr that NPFL play­ers are not good for the Su­per Ea­gles. For every player in Europe, is an op­por­tu­nity as we can’t com­pare their leagues with ours. Most of them in Europe started from the Nige­rian league. Any one picked from the NPFL will rep­re­sent the league well in the Su­per Ea­gles. The prob­lem is that the right peo­ple are not cho­sen. We have ev­ery­thing that it takes to rep­re­sent this coun­try. We have qual­ity play­ers who when given the op­por­tu­nity will do well in Europe.

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