Vanguard (Lagos)

26 February 2013

Nigeria: Rangers Dare NPFL Over Mba

Nigeria's Caf Champions League campaigners, Enugu Rangers are taking their statutory claim over Nigerian international, Sunday Mba to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Status Players Committee.

The status of the Africa Cup of Nations' hero has been hotly disputed between two NPFL sides, Warri Wolves and Enugu Rangers leading to the Interim Management Committee of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) issuing a statement on Monday that the Nigerian forward is a bona fide player of Warri Wolves.

However, an official of Rangers, Foster Chime on Tuesday declared the NPFL statement on Mba as inconsequential and of no effect as it lacked the locus standi to enter into the fray of ascertaining the rightful owner of the player.

"We don't have any issue to grind with the NPFL especially as we know that the issue they've elected themselves to speak on is beyond their bound, so whatever statement emanating from them on Sunday Mba is considered null and void by the management of Enugu Rangers.

"The NPFL has no right to comment on player's status. That right is reserved for the Nigeria Football Federation Players' Status Committee.

"All the parties will soon appear before the committee with facts and figures to establish once and for all the rightful and legal owner of the disputed player.

"Wolves are forcing themselves on the case which actually is between Dolphins and Rangers by extension Enyimba.

"We obtained Mba from Enyimba from where we loaned him to Dolphins who didn't fulfil the loan agreement. We learnt, too, that Dolphins complained that Wolves didn't fulfil its loan agreement with the Port Harcourt side. I believe every fact will be laid bare at the NFF Status Players' Committee at the right time and justice will be given to the parties involved," he said to supersport.com.

We learnt that Mba is far away from the shores of Nigeria where he is believed to be negotiating contract deal with some European clubs.

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