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NIGERIA: Scramble for Nations Cup hero, Mba rages

Nigeria’s forward Sunday Mba kicks the ball during the African Cup of Nation 2013 quarter final football match Ivory Coast vs Nigeria, on February 3, 2013 in Rustenburg. Super Eagles’ hero at the 2013 Nations Cup, Sunday Mba has balked at claims by Warri Wolves officials that he is their bonafide player. There are conflicting claims by Rangers of Enugu and Warri Wolves on the where the player’s affirnity lies. But the Mba who scored the only goal that earned the Nations Cup for Nigeria at South Africa 2013 stated that he has fulfilled his contractual pact with the Wolves and wondered why all the noise about his affiliation with the club.

“We were four players that left Warri Wolves before the Nations Cup. Why is it that I am the only one they are bothering. The truth of the matter is that I have no contract with Wolves,” the player said. Following his impressive run at the Nations Cup scoring two winners against Cote’d Ivoire in the semi-final and Burkina Faso in the final, Mba is primed for a move to Europe. And both clubs are laying claims in order to benefit from the imminent transfer of the player.
Enugu state FA boss Chidi Ofor Okenwa said Mba has always been a player of Rangers. He argued that the player was loaned to Dolphins of Port Harcourt who in turn loaned him to Warri Wolves.

“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 F A. Like when Mba joined Rangers from Enyimba, he was duly registered in Enugu F A and his papers are still on my table,” said Okenwa.

“Even his loan deal to Dolphin was duly documented.”

However, Warri Wolves spokesman Moses Etu stated that: “ Mba signed a two year contract with us. But last December he told us that he wanted to go back to Rangers. And we let him go, because we didn’t want to hinder any player’s ambition.

“As I am talking to you, I have a letter from the NPL signed by Tunji Babalola which states that the player belongs to Warri Wolves. Foreign clubs are already talking to us concerning his signature. We have all his documents concerning his contractual agreement right with us.”

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