This Day (Lagos)

24 February 2013

Nigeria: Enugu Rangers, Warri Wolves Tussle Over Mba

Rangers have declared that AFCON hero Sunday Mba is their bonafide player contrary to the claims by Warri Wolves, where he last played.

Mba, who shone at the Nations Cup in South Africa and even scored the championship winner in the final against Burkina Faso, is bound for an overseas club soon.

Warri Wolves have maintained the overseas-bound Mba is their player, but Rangers have now come out to dismiss such a claim. Enugu state FA boss Chidi Ofor Okenwa said Mba has always been a player of Rangers as he was sent on loan to Dolphin in the first instance.

"We don't have to start joining issues with Warri Wolves on who owns Sunday Mba. Any contractual agreement of a player is with the state FA, and that is Delta state FA. Like when Mba joined Rangers from Enyimba, he was duly registered in Enugu FA and his papers are still on my table," said Okenwa. "Even his loan deal to Dolphin, it was duly documented.

"Warri Wolves are crying wolf. We don't have any business with them because Mba is a registered player of Rangers. He joined us from Enyimba, then we loaned him to Dolphin, who in turn loaned him to Warri Wolves without our consent," added Rangers media officer Foster Chime.

"Mba is our player. A player has the right to say where he wants to play and Mba has come out to say he wants to play in Rangers. Rangers even gave him transport fare to Abuja to team up with Eagles before they left for Faro. He was training with us, his Honda Accord is parked in our Enugu camp and I know he will be glad to team up with Chibuzor Okonkwo, his childhood friend from Jos."

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