Reports reaching DiegwuSports is that FIFA has issued a transfer ban on NPFL club Rivers United.
According to a report on thevitalnews.com.ng, and ghanasoccernet.com, Rivers United has been banned by FIFA from signing any players for the next three transfer windows after breaching the contract of Ghanaian goalkeeper Samuel Akurugu.
The 25-year-old joined the Port Harcourt-based side in January 2018 but left after just a year.
The former Hearts of Oak shot-stopper dragged the Nigerian side to the world governing body for breach of contract with the case lasting close to a year.
FIFA has placed sanctions on the Nigerian outfit for failing to pay the player’s entitlement.
“In this regard, we have noted that no such documentation has been submitted by yourselves and consequently, we kindly inform you that the ban from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the maximum duration of three entire and consecutive, registration periods, as established in point 7 of the above-mentioned decision, has now become effective.” part of a letter from FIFA to Rivers United FC intercepted by GHANAsoccernet read.
Rivers United are scheduled to represent Nigeria on the continent in the next CAF Club competitions campaign.
DiegwuSports reached out to Sammy Wejinya who is the media director of River United as well as to Okechukwu Kpalukwu the General manager but the duo declined to comment on the issue.
Sammy Wejinya however promised that the club will at the right time release a statement on the issue while Okey Kpalukwu said he was in a meeting.
Should the ban go ahead, Rivers United will be the second club to be on a transfer embargo after the League Management Company (LMC) had handed Heartland FC a transfer ban for breaching the contract of three of its players.
In the case of Heartland, the LMC ruled that Heartland would not be allowed to sign players until they pay the players.