Rivers United will avoid the FIFA transfer ban after settling the outstanding liabilities owed to its former player, Samuel Akurugu.
According to a report on The Punch, the commissioner for Sports in Rivers State, Boma Iyaye is quoted to has told newsmen in Port Hartcourt that the club has cleared its outstanding debts towards the player.
It should be recalled that last week, Rivers United was hit with a temporal three-window transfer ban by world football body, FIFA.
But Iyaye said that with the payment, Rivers United would no longer serve the ban, saying the sanction would be lifted “immediately and prior to its complete serving, once the due amount, plus interest, is paid.”
“With this clause in the letter from FIFA, it is our hope that it will be lifted immediately as the club prepares for continental and domestic football calendars,” Iyaye stated when the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, Samuel Nwanosike, paid him a visit.
He informed the council boss that the Rivers State Government was concentrating on grassroots sports development, hence the willingness of the sports ministry to partner with stakeholders and local governments to unearth talents that would represent the state.
Iyaye said the Governor Nyesom Wike-led government would have concluded the state’s sports festival, aimed at discovering and grooming grassroots athletes, but for the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the event would still hold.
Earlier, Nwanosike stated that his administration had embarked on the construction of sporting facilities, hence the visit to the ministry for technical and professional assistance.
As of the time of this report, DiegwuSports was unable to verify the claims from Mr. Iyaye as the player in question, Samuel Akurugu is yet to pick his call or respond to text messages.
Samuel Akurugu joined Rivers United 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.