Daily Trust (Abuja)

28 February 2013

Nigeria: NPFL to Introduce Players' Transfer Certificate - Idoko

Mike Idoko, a member of the 12-man Interim Committee of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) said yesterday that the body would henceforth issue certificates for the transfer of players.

Idoko disclosed this in an interview in Akure, on the controversy over which club owns Super Eagles player, Sunday Mba.

Rangers International FC of Enugu, Warri Wolves and Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt are engaged in an ownership tussle of the Africa Cup of Nations revelation, Sunday Mba and goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim.

He said the certificate would prevent the future occurrence of clubs' tussling over ownership of players, adding that it would serve as evidence of ownership of any player.

Idoko said the certificate would also make for easy transfer of players during any transfer window.

"We want to issue a local transfer certificate without which players cannot be transferred from one club to the other," he said.

Idoko said that it was the NPFL board that kept records of players' movements in the transfer market.

He added that it was part of the board's reference to also look after player's welfare and to act in due time to protect their careers.

The Interim Management Committee of the Nigeria Premier League on Monday ruled that Professional League side, Warri Wolves, owned both players. (NAN)

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