Abuja - The Management of Rangers International FC of Enugu said on Friday that it would not apologise to Warri Wolves over the transfer of Super Eagles midfielder, Sunday Mba.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the players transfer has been contentious between the clubs since he came to limelight at the 29th Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in February.
Delta State Director of Sports, Amaju Pinnick, claiming that Wolves had been maligned by Rangers over the transfer saga, had few weeks ago given Rangers conditions for settlement.
Part of the condition was for Rangers to apologise to Wolves in two national newspapers and two television stations.
And that should be done before any agreement will be reached on the amount to be paid as transfer fee on the player.
But the committee investigating the matter had concluded based on records by the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Management Committee that the player belongs to Wolves.
Reacting, Paul Ozor, the General Manager of Rangers, told NAN on telephone that the demand of the Delta outfit would be difficult to meet.
``We know that we are friends and one family, but for the apology, no,’’ he said.
Ozor said that it would be difficult for any Nigerian club to pay the N12 million being demanded by Wolves as Mba’s transfer fee.
He added that the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) now had the final say on that.
``It is not possible to take something in the market and not make payment, but it depends on what the NFA comes out with.
``Nothing has happened yet. We are concentrating on our games in the local league and CAF Champions League, while waiting for NFA to take a decision.
``However, Mba, Chigozie Abgim and others are in Rangers camp but they can’t play without authorisation from the NFA,’’ Ozor said.
The Rangers general manager pointed out that the club would not want to be distracted from its CAF engagement with Vital O FC of Burundi on Saturday.
He said that even the indefinite suspension of two of their players Seun Taro and Peter Coly, by the League Management Company (LMC) would not stop them from picking the maximum points against their visitors.
Taro and Coly were suspended indefinitely for allegedly molesting the referee in their Week 3 fixture against Warri Wolves in Enugu, but Ozor said the matter was being addressed.
``The players were suspended indefinitely without any reason; they did not commit any offence, it’s just that the referee came there for a purpose.
``The match has been played and we are returning to Abuja on Monday for the continuation of the matter.
``It is the NFA that should punish if at all a crime was committed not the NPFL.
``This is why I said that we don’t want to be distracted from the CAF Champions League match this weekend.
``We are having our normal preparation and there is no doubt about whether we will beat Vital O FC.
``Our players always put in their best in every encounter and this will not be an exception,’’ Ozor said.