No Transfer Negotiation Yet For Mba, Agbim – Warri Wolves

Warri Wolves has claimed that there has not been any negotiations or dealings whatsoever between them and Enugu Rangers concerning players Sunday Mba and Chigozie Agbim.

The duo of Sunday Mba and Chigozie Agbim were part of the Super Eagles team that saw off other contending ocountries against the Super Eagles,ensuring that Nigeria lifted African Champions title  at the Afcon 2013, and it can also be said that the same tournament brought about the saga presently plaguing the playing careers of the players.

One of the officials of the Delta based club confirmed that Warri Wolves haven’t had any dealing with Enugu Rangers as regards these players and that they are applying hide and seek as a tactic to deceive clubs anticipating to bid for these players and Nigerians as well.

The transfer saga got messy after Sunday Mba who happens to be under Rangers camp began to get bids from several clubs in Europe and Africa after the Afcon 2013 tournament and a lot was revealed concerning the process at which these clubs conduct transfers without proper documentation or verbal contracts and this was exactly the situation which Sunday Mba, Chigozie Agbim and Michael Egbeta got into, as this can also be said for several other NPFL players.

Reacting to the statement made by Warri Wolves, the chairman of Enugu Rangers claimed that  Rangers were about to pay  N12million to Warri Wolves, being the alleged amount wanted on both Mba and Agbim.

He further stated that the decision of the club on paying the said amount to Warri Wolves to finally end the saga is still in place so as for Rangers to begin to enjoy the full services of these two players before their all-important clash with Recreativo de Libolo of Angola in the CAF Champions League.

Nigeria Will Overcome Kenya, Book World Cup Ticket — Lamouchi

Coach Sabri Lamouchi of Cote D’ Ivoire has pitched his tent with group F leaders, the Super Eagles of Nigeria and African Champions to pick the World Cup ticket.
Lamouchi said he is so sure that the Super Eagles will hit hard at the Harambee Stars of Kenya despite the seeming setback in the last game played in Calabar where it ended in 1-1 draw, insisting they will also go on to pick a World Cup ticket.

It took so much effort for the Super Eagles to survive what would have passed as embarrassing for the current African Champions, thanks to Nnamdi Oduamadi with a late effort at goal for the match to end in a 1-1 draw.

The Super Eagles on the road to the AFCON 2013 finals earlier this year showed Sabri Lamouchi’s men the way out of the tournament in the quarter-final and went on to win the competition, a defeat which for Lamouchi was shocking.

“No, I did not really expect them to knock us out, but in this kind of big tournament you can never tell. I was, however, surprised how they played against us.

“They were superb, had a stronger fighting spirit and pace than us. And after their win over us I tipped them to lift the trophy.”

In their World Cup qualification quest, Cote D’ Ivoire are in Group C with seven points, one above second-placed Tanzania, but Lamouchi is confident that they, along with Nigeria, will make it past the qualifying round.

“Of course my team, the Ivory Coast, one or two from North Africa, Nigeria and probably Zambia (are the five teams) that will qualify to represent Africa at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil,” he said.

Arsenal Call Oboabona Up For Trial

Arsenal have reportedly handed Nigerian international defender Godfrey Oboabona of Sunshine Stars, a trial

Oboabona was part of the Super Eagles squad that emerged African Champions at the concluded Afcon 2013 in South Africa.

The 22-year-old who currently plays for Sunshine Stars has opened up, saying Arsenal happens to be his favourite club since he was a boy and it is his dream to play for the Gunners.

“Though, I have offers from the top five leagues in the world, Arsenal happens to be my favourite club and it has been since childhood,”Oboabona.

Valued at £1m by his club, Oboabona, has 18 caps for Nigeria and Wenger is likely sign him up at the end of the season as Arsenal have been going through defensive mess since the season, hence Wenger’s reported impatient for the player to join the Gunners.

Nigeria Settles For Draw Against Kenya

Nigeria’s Super Eagles survived a major upset to force Kenya’s Harambee stars to a 1-1 draw in the World Cup qualifier match for Brazil 2014.

Francis Nyambura shot the Kenyans into lead 9 minutes before the break.

Nyambura struck a fantastic free kick that threw Nigeria’s goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama off balance.

The Kenyans were on the verge of handing Nigeria a first home defeat until substitute Nnamdi Oduamadi crafted an equalizer to save Nigeria who is African Champions from recording a disgraceful one in the injury time.

Before the Nigeria –Kenya match which took place at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar a lot of bad blood has been generated between the two African countries with accusation and counter accusation.

It went further with the involvement of fans of both countries on the social media network Twitter; however with the way it stands a return match will square things between the countries as to who conquers who.

Emenike Bitter With NFF, Keshi For Neglect

Emenike; Nigeria’s top scorer at the recently concluded Afcon 2013 is not a happy man right now and he has expressed his unhappiness over his neglect by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi.

It is no longer news that the Nigeria Super Eagles are now African champions at the event which took place in South Africa, but it was during the Afcon 2013 tournament that Emenike suffered a hamstring injury against Mali and that has kept the utility player on the bench for weeks after the tournament.

According to the player, after the Afcon 2013 tournament, he was abandoned and his injury became his own responsibility. But his club stood by him during this time even though he sustained the injury while away on National Duty; a responsibility NFF and Keshi shelved.

Emenike used the opportunity to thank his club for their support and effort in his recovery process during the hamstring injury even though he wasn’t on duty for his club when he sustained the injury but despite that they stood by him.

“I must give kudos to my club for taking good care of me even though I didn’t get the injury while playing for them,” he said.

The player said he is embittered by the attitude that Keshi and the NFF put up towards his injury as they never bothered to check up on him or even place a call, indicating that the football body and even Keshi didn’t do well at all.

“I must be honest with you, I have not been treated well by the coach and the NFF because they ignored me so soon, so fast,”.

“Nobody from NFF and the coach have called to ask me about my injury. I am bitter about this.

“It is unfair and I can tell you that is why some players don’t come to give their best for the national team.

“When a player gets injured on national duty, I think the country’s football authority and coach ought to keep in touch to let him know he is loved and cared for.

“I am not a use-and-dump player. I will not act as one at all because my club career is very much important to me than anything.”

“I am not worried about that but I just need to tell them it’s unfair. It is not everything that is money, but a call just to show you care could change someone’s problem at a particular time.”

“I can’t wait to return to my best form. I feel like playing and banging in the goals for my club right now.

“I am happy with my rehabilitation and I will start joggling soon and I believe I will respond well because I have missed the game so much.”

Keshi Invites 24 NPL Players Ahead World Cup Qualifiers

Stephen Keshi has released his list of players that will be invited to the camp ahead of the clash with Kenya in the World Cup qualifier coming up on March 23rd. The coach released a list of 24 players mainly from the Nigeria Premier League players, promising that the list of the foreign based players that has been invited will be made public on Thursday.

Coach Keshi will out of the 24 local-based players select those that will form part of the Super Eagles squad that will square up with Kenya in Calabar.

Out of the glorious Super Eagles squad at the Afcon 2013 in South Africa, local stars Sunday Mba and Godfrey Oboabona made the list released by Stephen Keshi today and they will all report to the Abuja camp on Sunday, the 10th of March at the usual camping site of the Super Eagles.

Invited Players:

Goalkeepers are Chigozie Agbim, Rangers; Daniel Akpeyi, Heartland and Dele Ajiboye, 3SC.

Defenders –  Azubuike Egwueke, Warri Wolves; Papa Idris, Kano Pillars; Godfrey Oboabona, Sunshine Stars; Benjamin Francis, Heartland; Solomon Kwambe, Heartland;  Chibuzor Okonkwo, Rangers; Ezekiel Bassey, Lobi Stars; Mohamed Zubaru, Niger Tornadoes and Umar Zango, Kano Pillars;

Midfielders & Forward: Adepoju Taofeek, 3SC; Jiya Muhammed, Bayelsa FC; Saka Ayo, Enyimba; Sunday Mba, Warri Wolves; Pius Samson, Ranchers Bees; Emeka Ezeh, Rangers; Obinna Nwachukwu, Heartland; Mannir Ubale, Kano Pillars; Gomo Ohanduku, Sharks; Gambo Muhammed, Kano Pillars; Anthony Okputu, Lobi Stars and Reuben Gabriel, Kano Pillars.

                                               

 

Mba, Oboabona headline Nigeria squad

Sunday Mba
Sunday Mba

Africa Cup of Nations stars Sunday Mba and Godfrey Oboabona top a list of 24 local players called-up by Stephen Keshi for Nigeria’s March 23 World Cup qualifier against Kenya in Calabar.

Both players are among the six domestic league players from the Nations Cup squad making a return.

They are joined by goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, Gabriel Reuben, Papa Idris and Azubuike Egwuekwe.

The players are expected to report to camp on March 10.

Keshi will name his European contingent on Thursday.

The Nigeria squad:

Goalkeepers: 1. AGBIM Chigozie (Rangers), 2. AKPEYI Daniel (Heartland), 3. AJIBOYE Dele (3SC)

Defenders: 4. Egwueke Azubuike (Warri Wolves), 5. Papa Idris (Kano Pillars), 6. Zango Umar (Kano Pillars), 7. Oboabona Godfrey (Sunshine Stars), 8. Kwambe Solomon (Sunshine Stars), 9. Chibuzo Okonkwo (Rangers), 10. Ezekiel bassey (Lobi Stars), 11. Benjamin Francis (Heartland), 12. Zubaru Muhammed

Midfielders and Forwards: 13. Mba Sunday (Nigeria), 14. Gabriel Ruben (Kano Pillars), 15. Gambo Muhammed (Kano Pillars), 16. Ubale Mannir (Kano Pillars), 17. Pius Samson (Ranchers Bees), 18. Onduku Gomo (Sharks), 19. Obinna Nwanchukwu (Heartland), 20. Saka Ayo (Enyimba), 21. Jiya Muhammed (Bayelsa Fc), 22. Emeka Ezeh (Rangers), 23. Anthony Okputu (Lobi Stars), 24. Adepoju Taofeek (3SC)

Sunday Mba: Analyst Blames Ownership Dispute On ‘Nigerian Factor’

The Roving Editor for The Sun Newspaper, George Aluo has blamed the current controversy surrounding Sunday Mba’s ownership on lack of proper documentation, which he describes as the ‘Nigerian factor.’

Speaking on our breakfast programme Sunrise Daily, on Monday, Mr. Aluo attributed the cause of the dispute between two Nigerian Football Clubs, Rangers and Warri Wolves over which team owns Super Eagles’ midfielder, Sunday Mba, to the fact that the player’s movement was not properly tidied up.

Mba, who scored the winning goal that brought the AFCON 2013 trophy to Nigeria after 19 years, was sold to Warri Wolves by Dolphin, another club which had the player on loan from the Rangers, his (Mbah’s) original club.

“Things were not thoroughly done by all the parties involved,” Mr. Aluo said, blaming the clubs involved for ‘cutting corners.’

He also expressed surprise over the announcement made by the League Management Committee (LMC), Nduka Irabor, who declared that the player belonged to Warri Wolves.

Mr. Aluo, also pointed out that the whole brouhaha is as a result of Mba’s sudden success. He urged the LMC to invite the clubs for a round table discussion and that Mbah’s interest should be taken into consideration before a final decision is made.

Mbah has signed with the Rangers for the new season and is expected to play for the club as they will be representing the country in the forthcoming CAF Champions’ League.

NFF Sets Up Committee To Resolve Mba’s Ownership Saga

Despite the directive by the Nigeria Premier League on the tussle over the ownership of Afcon 2013 superstar midfielder, Sunday Mba, Nigeria’s football regulatory body, the Nigeria Football Federation, has ordered that a committee be set up to liaise with the Interim Management Committee of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) on the ownership tussle.

This comes as another club has joined Warri Wolves and Enugu Rangers in laying claims to Sunday Mba. According to AllAfrica.com, Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt have claimed that Sunday Mba is their player.

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) had ordered that the Super Eagles duo of Sunday Mba and goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim belong to Warri Wolves and the football body wrote a letter to that effect, which was signed by the Executive Secretary of the NPL, Tunji Babalola, and circulated to media houses by the management of Warri Wolves, where it was stated clearly that the players belong to Wolves and not Rangers.

Now, Dolphin FC claim they loaned the player to Warri Wolves while Enugu Rangers management are also insisting that Dolphins improperly loaned Mba to Warri Wolves.

Babalola, on behalf of the NPL in a letter dated February 13, 2013, addressed to Warri Wolves and copied to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) General Secretary and Rangers International FC, it said: “We are in receipt of your correspondence on the above subject. From our records, it is established that Chigozie Agbim and Sunday Mba are bonafide players of Warri Wolves FC.

“Consequently, the ownership of the players is not subject to controversy and any club that requires their services should contact the management of Warri Wolves for negotiation,” the letter stated.

But explaining his own side of the story, Mba claimed that he had been contracted to Enugu Rangers by Warri Wolves, a statement the management of Warri Wolves frowned at.

I Skipped Eagles Superstars Due To Personality Problems – Keshi

Coach Stephen Keshi has opened up on West Brom and Nigerian International Osaze Odemwingie, saying he skipped the player’s name from his squad selection because Osaze had personality problems which he felt cannot be permitted in the squad.

A lot of uproar was generated between the coach and the West Brom player before the Afcon 2013 tournament due to Osaze’s non-inclusion in the provisional squad to the Nations Cup in South Africa.

To a lot of football-loving Nigerians, it appeared as if Keshi didn’t have an idea of what he was doing. This perception continued into the tournament especially in the face of the abysmal performance by the Super Eagles in the group games, giving rise to many questioning why players like Osaze and others were dropped from Keshi’s provisional squad.

“We decided not to take some of these superstars to the Nations Cup because it is a long period of time and for the long period of time, you need characters that go together,” the former Super Eagles captain explained in an interview with Daily Trust.

“And if you have one or two who do not get along, forget about the superstars, the team will fall apart. I can bring a player in for a game. We can manage some of these players with a little bit of character problems, but when it comes to a long period of time, that’s difficult.

“Odemwingie is a very good player, a player I love to have in the team, but he wants to do what he wants to do.

“In the national team, where I was captain for 14 years, you are nothing but an individual in the team as you are not bigger than Nigeria. If you are not ready to give the green-and-white shirt the due respect, you are walking out of my team.

“We talked on the phone, I told him what I wanted from him, but he had his own notion and I said for now, I will skip you.”

Keshi also revealed that Obafemi Martins was not ready for the Nations Cup, but he has not shut the door against the Levante striker.

“He is still part of the group. If his name is in the next call-up, if he wants to come, we will see how it goes,” he said.

The Eagles coach admitted he missed Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi at the African Nations Cup, whose presence in the dressing room would have improved his team.

“Honestly speaking, I missed Shola Ameobi because in the game against Venezuela, he has a different presence in the locker room, he came in with this coaching ability and togetherness, when he talks to these boys they listen. This was the first time he was coming.

“This was what I was looking for on the pitch, somebody who could talk for me on the field, because I know what I did as a captain on the pitch.

“He was really, really ready to come, but his contract denied him from coming.”

Keshi’s Star Players

Keshi also said he will stick with Efe Ambrose at right back despite concerns the Celtic star is being played out of position.

Ambrose is best known as a central defender, but was played at right during the 2013 AFCON in South Africa with many raising concerns over his suitability in that position.

Keshi said the versatile Ambrose grew as a right back during the AFCON.

“He was growing during the tournament; he loves to play in the position. With every game Ambrose was just marching forward with a lot of confidence. If he were not growing, then that’s a different thing,” Keshi remarked.

“He is a very technical player. He loves playing this position and so we said go ahead.

“He can also play in central defence, as a defensive midfielder and at right back; same goes for Oboabona, Kenneth (Omeruo) and Onazi.

“An emergency could come up and we are blessed to have players who can play different positions. It’s a wonderful gift.

“This is what we are looking for in a team, like when Onazi came in and played right back for Efe Ambrose when he was suspended.”

Sunday Mba: NPL Rules In Favour Of Warri Wolves

The Nigeria Premier League has waded into the on-going feud between Warri Wolves and Enugu Rangers over the ownership of Sunday Mba and Chigozie Agbim by ruling that the Super Eagles duo belong to Warri Wolves.

Enugu Rangers is laying claim to Mba, insisting he has always been their player and had been training with them before the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

However, in a letter signed by the executive secretary of the NPL, Tunji Babalola, Mba and Agbim have been declared as players of Warri Wolves.

The league interim management committee has, therefore, asked any club interested in the players to contact Warri Wolves.

A tussle arose between Warri Wolves and Enugu Rangers over the ownership of the 24-year-old Eagles midfielder since foreign clubs started showing interest in the player after the Afcon 2013.

Spokesman of the Warri-based professional football club, Moses Etu, said on Sunday that the Delta State-owned team was not ready to join issues with Rangers on the player as Mba knew he had a two-year contract with Warri Wolves.

“Sunday Mba has only spent one year out of the two-year contract he signed with us. It is on the basis of this that we are giving him up till Friday, March 1 to return to our camp ahead of the new football season we are preparing for,” observed.

The Warri Wolves media officer hinted that the matter has been reported to the Nigeria Football Federation.

“We have absolute confidence in NFF believing that they will follow the path of justice. We have the documents signed by Mba and requests by Rangers for us to clear the players for them which we refused to do,” he said.

“We have also written the NFF to apply the relevant sanctions regarding inducement and misleading of the public by Rangers International on this matter.”

Etu further warned that Warri Wolves would not hesitate to report the matter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the world football governing body, FIFA if need be.

“We have confidence in NFF but we won’t hesitate to take the matter to CAF and FIFA. Rangers can be banned from further participation in the CAF Champions League while the player faces the prospect of being banned for years,” stressed the club spokesman.

Although some foreign clubs are said to be making enquiries on how to sign the Super Eagles players, the current ownership struggle between the two NPL clubs may scuttle such moves. Warri Wolves last week placed a one million euro transfer tag on the player now under dispute.

The defender rose to stardom after he scored two goals for Nigeria at the Nations Cup, which put Nigeria in reckoning and ultimately claiming the 2013 Afcon trophy.

Now the hitherto unknown local player is now the talk of several transfers within European clubs.

 

 

 

Governor Uduaghan Hosts African Champions, The Super Eagles of Nigeria

The Delta State Governor; Emmanuel Uduaghan could not hide his happiness for the Super Eagles as they conquered fellow African countries to lift the Afcon 2013 trophy at the just concluded African tournament in South Africa.

Uduaghan decided to host the Super Eagles squad and compensate their hard work for bringing home the Afcon trophy after a long wait.