Lagos - Nigeria international Christian Osaguona Ighodaro
has unilaterally terminated his contract with Moroccan club, Raja Casablanca,
News24 has exclusively gathered.
This is coming on the heels of disagreements between the
player's representatives, Four Winds Sports, and Raja Casablanca over claims of
non-payment of the player's transfer fee and wages amounting to three months.
A letter addressed to the President of Raja Casablanca,
Mohammed Boudrika by Four Winds Sports, dated 30th July, 2015, and exclusively
obtained by News24, states in part:
"I write to terminate the contract with your club in
respect of Ighodaro Osaguona Christian.
"This contract is terminated due to 'just cause' along
FIFA rules," the letter read in its first paragraphs, citing the FIFA
regulations on the status of players' transfer.
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According to article 14 of the FIFA regulations on players'
transfer, it says: "A contract may be terminated by either party without
consequences of any kind (either payment of compensation or imposition of
sporting sanctions) where there is just cause."
The letter reads further: "Raja Club Athletic has
breached the contract signed on the 12th January, 2015.
"Raja Club Athletic has breached the agreement to pay
the transfer fee on Ighodaro Osaguona Christian has (sic) stipulated in the
The last paragraph of the letter reads: "He is not a
player of Raja Club Athletic and he is free of any obligation signed with Raja
In the contract signed between Raja Casablanca, Enugu
Rangers and Four Winds Sports (the player's representatives), also exclusively
obtained by News24, article 2.2 states:
"Raja Club Athletic undertakes to transfer to Rangers
International Football Club Enugu Nigeria an amount of €150,000 (one hundred
and fifty thousand Euros), i.e. the fee for the transfer of the player to Raja
Club Athletic, to be paid in three installments."
Article 2.3 says the payments will be as follows: "50%
when the CIT is received. 25% on 30.3.2015. 25% on 30.6.2015."
But Four Winds Sports, who own Ighodaro's economic right,
claim they are yet to receive any payments for the transfer, and in a separate
letter addressed to Raja Casablanca dated July 11th, 2015, copying the Nigeria
Football Federation, accused the Moroccan club of "several FRAUDULENT
actions regarding the payment of the player transfer fees, players sign on fee
and salary and the commission."
The 24-year old Ighodaro has since returned to Nigeria, and
News24 understands he will no longer return to Morocco.
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