Fans of the Nigeria Professional Football League have called for equal treatment of players amid reports that newly recruited Kano Pillars star, Ahmed Musa, would be allowed to sit out the club’s away matches due to the poor conditions of Nigerian roads.
Chairman of the club, Surajo Yahaya, said the former Leicester City man would be exempted from some of the club’s away matches due to bad roads.
This means that Musa would most likely miss over 80 per cent of the team’s away matches when the second stanza of the NPFL begins on April 28.
The statement, however, did not go down well with some of the league’s fans, who frowned at the special treatment given to the Super Eagles captain.
“We all understand that Ahmed Musa is a high-profile player but being allowed to sit out Pillars away matches goes to show that other players are not really valued in the league,” a fan, Seun Popoola, said.
Alexander Ebhodaghe stated, “What message are they really passing across to other players in the league?
“The fact that he has agreed to play for Kano Pillars means he is like every other employee and I don’t see the reason why they feel he should opt out of some of their away matches because of bad roads. He was a Nigerian before he became a star.”
Olumide Adebayo added, “Is it that they just realised that the roads are bad and does that mean that Ahmed Musa’s life is worth more than the others?
This is an embarrassment to other players and I wish they (players) could revolt and request for the same treatment.”
Tope Adekunle said, “It is only in Nigeria that you come across things like this, it is so sad. In as much as the players respect or hold Musa in high esteem, the management of Pillars should know that they already created a crack in the team.
“I also feel the League Management Company should look into this and ensure that all players are well taken care of and not one player being singled out among others.”