Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Sunday Mba Moves to Europe

Chairman of Warri Wolves, Godwin Abigor yesterday became furious over the claim of Enugu Rangers on Nations Cup hero, Sunday Mba, saying that he was scandalised by the club and the attitude of the midfielder.

Abigor produced documents to authenticate his claim that Mba was still a Warri Wolves player.

Among the documents was a November 2, 2012 letter from Rangers requesting for the services of Sunday Mba, Chigozie Agbim and Lazarus Chukwu. Wolves were yet to release him as negotiation for any transfer, according to Abigor, had not taken place.

"In that letter, Rangers referred to Mba and the other two as Warri Wolves players and since transfer had not taken place why are Rangers now claiming that Mba was theirs?" Abigor said.

He also produced the player's license and contract showing that he was a Warri Wolves player. Their petition to the League Management Board against the move of Rangers to sell Mba to European club even during the Nations Cup and the resolution of the league board on the matter were equally produced. Abigor then said the following:

"I pray for the career of Sunday Mba to blossom. He is a good player but he must watch his conduct and behaviour. It is difficult to succeed without discipline. Mba has exceptional talent but he must be honest and sincere in all hedoes. He must learn to respect contracts otherwise he may not be a successful professional. On the side of Rangers Football Club, I find their claim as irresponsible. The documents speak for us."

When Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan rewarded Super Eagles players for winning the 2013 Nations Cup, Warri Wolves players in the team were paid additional N2.5 million. Mba collected his share. But on Sunday he was quoted in the media as saying that he belonged to Rangers.

On Sunday, chairman of Enugu Rangers, Festus Onu, rewarded Rangers players who were in the Nations Cup team. Each of the players received N300,000 each. Mba and Chigozie Agbim were listed as recipients. Former Ogun State Sports Commissioner, Bukola Olopade counseled that the matter should be handled professionally, lest the outside world would laugh at our system.

However, we gathered yesterday that Mba was already in Europe on trial with a club. It was not immediately known the country he went to. One of the players from Rangers simply said "he has gone to Europe."

Rangers said last night that they would produce their own documents on the player.

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