The transfer saga surrounding Super Eagles midfielder, Sunday Mba, took a new and dangerous twist yesterday with Warri Wolves alleging that some elements in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were colluding with Rangers to blackmail Wolves into accepting a certain transfer fee for the 2013 Nations Cup winner.
Rangers and Wolves are involved in a fierce battle over Mba’s ownership. NFF set up a committee, chaired by Dr Sanusi. Their recommendations have to be ratified by the board.
But Wolves are alarmed over reports that they have agreed to sell the player to Rangers for N12m.
Speaking on the telephone last night, Executive Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission, Amaju Pinnick, said that the bone of contention was the player’s ownership and not the price tag, noting further that it was unprofessional and unethical for Rangers to revert to cheap blackmail.
“It is just the usual antics of Rangers to say that Wolves agreed to N12m. It gives credence to the fact that they are not properly run. There is no official correspondence from the committee to us and Rangers.
“We are bewildered by Rangers show of shame. Wolves would not succumb to blackmail or any attempt to be pushed to the wall..
“The bone of contention is ownership, not the price. The price is just an opinion of some members of the committee. It is not even the opinion of the committee and even if that is the case, the board still has to ratify the recommendation”, added a fuming Amaju.
He noted that Wolves have nothing to resolve with Rangers as far as Mba is concerned, adding further that they might even decide not to sell the player to the Enugu-based outfit.
“We do not have any issue to resolve with Rangers, who are using certain elements to intimidate Wolves. But I know that the leadership of NFF is not aware of this. The President of NFF, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who is a stickler to the Rule of Law and a beneficiary of due process, will not support any wrong process.