BY ONOCHIE ANIBEZE
Nations Cup hero Sunday Mba yesterday, in Sunday Vanguard, said that he was a Rangers player having moved from Warri Wolves to the Enugu side at the end of last season.
Warri Wolves have repeatedly said that the attacking midfielder was still their player as transfer formalities had not been done.
The Nigeria Premier League Interim Management Committee had also looked into the player’s contract and ruled him a Warri Wolves player.
But Mba made the following comment yesterday: “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.”
Wolves so sure that no transfer formalities had taken place yesterday directed Mba to return to the club for training on or before Friday, March 1.
“We don’t want to be exchanging words or be arguing about Sunday Mba. If he were a bonafide player of Rangers let them field him in a match and see if they would not be sanctioned,” Amaju Pinnick, the Executive Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission said, adding that “the Interim Management Committee ruled on February 13 that he was a Warri Wolves player as Rangers were yet to buy him and we want to leave it at that.”
Warri Wolves spokesman, Etu Moses tried to accuse Mba of treachery, saying “why did he present himself as Warri Wolves player and collected additional N2.5m when the governor of Delta State rewarded Super Eagles players on February 14 with N2.5m each? “His became N5m because the governor doubled the reward for all the Warri Wolves players. He has one year remianing in his contract,” Moses said, adding that the club expected Mba to resume in Warri on or before March 1, 1013.
Rangers’ spokesman Foster Chime said yesterday that “this matter is between the Delta Football Association and the Enugu State Football Association.
At the 2009/1010 season, Sunday Mba went to Dolphin on loan from Rangers and another matter is to know how he ended up in Warri Wolves. The chairman of our state FA, Chidi Okenwa has all the documents and we will be going to Abuja to sort out things.”
The Delta FA said yesterday they equally had documents to prove that Rangers had no genuine claim on Mba.