The unfolding drama, intigues, attacks and counter attacks on the yet unresolved issue of rightful ownership of Super Eagles goal maker at the last African Cup of Nations (AFCON), Sunday Mba, seems unending, as the Management of Warri Wolves react to a fresh allegation attributed to the Media Officer of Rangers International, Foster Chime.
The Warri Wolves management, while still laying claim to being the rightful and legitimate owners of Sunday Mba, however denied that it made an offer of N12 Million for its own player, though currently in contention.
It could be recalled that the Committee set up by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve the impasse is yet to make its findings public, even as an earlier committee had said that Sunday Mba belongs to Warri Wolves FC.
A statement made available to Blank NEWS Online on Sunday, March 31, 2013 by the Warri Wolves management reads:
“The attention of the Management of Warri Wolves has been drawn to print and electronic media stories containing comments attributed to the Media Officer of Rangers International, Foster Chime that we have made an offer of 12 Million Naira for our player, Sunday Mba and that they are studying the offer.
“Ordinarily, We would not have bothered about the news but the fact that the Management of Rangers specializes in selling lies to the public and gradually, we are getting used to their antics which has become their trade marks is something which should be well noted by the general public.
“We want to state unequivocally that at no time did we offer any amount to Rangers for our player, Sunday Mba. Thus, we were once again shocked to read on the pages of newspapers that we have indeed agreed on a particular amount for the said player.
“It should be noted that we have not received any letter as per the decision reached by the Committee set up by the Nigerian Football Federation and as a professional Club and in view of what has happened in this case, we cannot act based on newspaper reports.
“It is therefore pertinent to let the public know that until we receive such letter, our hands are tied. We however assure the public that as soon as we lay our hands on such document, the Management will sit down to evaluate it and communicate to the appropriate quarter and until that is done; we shall refrain from making any further statement on the matter.
“Therefore, the insinuation attributed to the Media Officer of Rangers International is incorrect and should therefore be entirely disregarded by the public.”