NPFL side Rivers United reacts to FIFA’s Transfer ban

NPFL side Rivers United reacts to FIFA’s Transfer ban

Nigeria professional football league side Rivers United said they are ready to dialogue with World Football Governing Body FIFA, following the transfer ban imposed on them.


FIFA imposed three seasons transfer window ban of the Pride of Rivers after Ghanaian goalkeeper Samuel Akurugu reported the club to FIFA over unpaid salaries and breech of contract.


The management of the team has now made it clear they are ready to meet FIFA on a possible solution to the problem.


The club said in a statement that they are working on settling the entitlements of the player and hopefully reach amicable resolutions with FIFA.


“Our attention has been drawn to reports circulating in some sections of the media that Rivers United FC has been hit with a transfer ban for three windows by FIFA owing to some issues surrounding one of our former players, Samuel Akurugu.


“We are in possession of the said letter from FIFA and every effort is being made to resolve all issues surrounding the development and we are very hopeful that we will come to an amicable settlement.


“We are in touch with the player and all signs point to a quick concurrence in a couple of days as regards settling some pending entitlements.


“Fortunately, Point 8 of the relevant decision of FIFA established that the “aforementioned ban will be lifted immediately and prior to its complete serving, once the due amount, plus interest is paid.”


“The management of Rivers United FC is exploring all avenues to bring the matter to a full and final agreement that would be of mutual benefit.


“We are confident that working with FIFA, this matter will be dealt with and that lessons have been learned going forward.


“We assure our teeming fans to remain calm, as we are certain that this situation will be sorted out quickly and the club cleared to register new players before the next transfer window open.” The statement reads.



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