… Mba denies link with Delta State club
Sunday Mba, the hero of Nigeria’s successful Africa Cup of Nations outing, has denied having any relationship with Delta State owned club, Warri Wolves. In the past week, there were conflicting claims in the media, as both Enugu Rangers and Warri Wolves claimed the player as one of their players.
Mba had camped, trained and played in a few friendly matches with Rangers for some months before he was called to the Stephen Keshi’s provisional squad for the Nations Cup in December, and Rangers claimed that Mba, who had had two previous stincts with it, was still its player. The club explained that Mba was only on loan to Dolphins in 2010, adding that his subsequent sale by Dolphins to Warri Wolves was invalid as Rangers did not sanction the sale.
“We don’t have to join isues with Warri Wolves on who owns Sunday Mba. Any contractual agreement on a player is with the state FA, and that is Delta State FA. When Mba joined Rangers from Enyimba, he was duly registered in Enugu FA and his papers are still on my table,” Enugu State FA’s boss, Chidi Okenwa, declared.
“Even his loan deal to Dolphin was duly documented.” Warri Wolves, on the other hand, insisted through its spokesman, Moses Etu, that Mba, who joined the club in 2010, signed a two-year deal with it, but that it had agreed to sell the player to Rangers upon his request.
“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.” Etu further claimed that the Wolves had a letter from the NPL to validate their claims, and that they have entered into negotiations with a number of foreign clubs.
But in a further twist of the events, Mba has now distanced himself from the claims of Wolves, stating that he has long fulfilled his contractual obligation to them. “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,” Mba declared. The 24-year-old did not however clarify the position of things between him and Rangers.