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Exclusive: Osaguona Ighodaro terminates contract with Raja Casablanca

03 August 2015, 17:15

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.

Also read: Rangers will pocket only 30 000 Euros from Ighodaro's transfer

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 contract."

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 Club Athletic."

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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