Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has ordered Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt star Emem Eduok out of the camp of Super Eagles preparing for two international friendly matches in the United Arab Emirates.
The Super Eagles B are preparing to face 2015 Africa Cup of Nations –bound Ivory Coast in a friendly in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and will then play Sudan in Dubai on January 17.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick explained that keeping the player in camp will result to big distraction following the controversy that has surrounded his transfer to a foreign club.
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“We are not happy with the cloud of controversy over his transfer issue and it is a terrible distraction to the team and Nigeria football generally.
“Telling him to leave the camp does not mean we are indicting him. We will carry out an investigation and whoever is found guilty, be he/she, an agent or player, manager or an official of his club, will be duly sanctioned,” Pinnick said at the NFF Secretariat in Abuja.
The NFF President has mandated the Chairman of Technical and Development Committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu to conduct an investigation into the matter and report back to the Executive Committee at its meeting in Lagos on Thursday.
“We have to do this (send the boy out of camp) to serve as a deterrent to others. We are not blaming the player for anything yet; investigation will unravel who is guilty. But the distraction and controversy the matter has generated is not good for the camp.”
The 2013/2014 Dolphins top scorer has been in the middle of a transfer debacle in recent days as he had reportedly signed for Tunisia’s Esperance from Dolphins before the Sporting Director of Norwegian side Sarpsborg FC, Thomas Bernsten, claimed the club had signed the player from A&B Academy on a four-year-deal.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.