Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 December 2012

Nigeria: Okonkwo Ready to Return Sharks' Cash

Former National U-23 defender, Chibuzor Oknonkwo has expressed readiness to return the undisclosed sum of money he collected from Sharks Football Club of Port-Harcourt for the 2012/2013 season.

Coach of the Port-Harcourt side and former international, Austin Eguavoen on Tuesday raised alarm that the bulky defender had absconded with the club's cash after he collected the undisclosed amount on the pretext that he was going to play for the club in the coming season.

Eguavoen therefore called on Super Eagles handlers to immediately send packing the defender from the national camp because "he is a bad example for a national team player".

The Sharks coach was furious as he said the player had refused to pick his calls and as such was no longer needed by the club.

When Trustsports spoke with the former Heartland defender yesterday, he said he eventually spoke with Eguavoen late Tuesday evening and everything was sorted out amicably.

Okonkwo who is among the 24 home based players in Eagles camp in Abuja said he will do a transfer of the money to Sharks today because he does not want his hard earned reputation to be tarnished over money.

He said the money he collected from Sharks is still intact because he never had any intention to defraud the club because apart from the fact that it is criminal, God will not be happy with him if he cheats anyone.

"I am ready to return their money. It is not a problem because I have spoken with the coach. I explained everything to him so the problem is over. First thing tomorrow (today) morning, I will transfer the money into their account.

"I had no intention of cheating anybody. I cannot collect their money and abscond with it. I don't need such distraction because what I want to do is to concentrate on my national assignment. I am presently in Super Eagles camp and I need to concentrate", he stated.

Okonkwo however, refused to disclose how much he collected and why he ran into problem with the NPL club.

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