NPFL side Rivers United to engage FIFA for amicable resolution following the transfer ban imposed on them.
The decision by Rivers United to engage FIFA for amicabale resolution came as a result of a transfer ban due to the breach of contract of Ghanaian goalkeeper Samuel Akurugu.
In a statement released on Friday by Rivers United, the club said it was ‘exploring all avenues to bring the matter to a full and final agreement that would be of mutual benefit’.
“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.”
According to a report on thevitalnews.com.ng, and ghanasoccernet.com Samuel Akurugu dragged the Nigerian side to the world governing body for breach of contract with the case lasting close to a year.
Rivers United are scheduled to represent Nigeria on the continent in the next CAF Club competitions campaign.