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Abia Warriors deny figure of Chikatara transfer fees

05 February 2016, 15:01Israel Ojoko

Umuahia - Abia Warriors FC have refuted the news making the rounds that they sold their prized asset and CHAN 2016 revelation Chisom Chikatara to Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca of Morocco for 700,000 USD.

In a statement made available to News24, Principal Partner of Activity Chambers, the club’s legal consultants, Barrister Johhny Ogbah admitted that Chisom has been transferred to Wydad Athletic Club, but insisted that the figure quoted by the papers is not true.

“The truth is that Chisom Chikatara is now a player of WAC, Morocco. All parties have agreed and signed the necessary documents, but the figure being quoted is not correct.

“It is important that journalists verify stories before rushing to publish it. I read the story and there was no single quote from an official of either clubs, or the player or his intermediary. I wonder where the journalists got the figures they are brandishing from.”

“Our national dailies too should be careful to verify stories they see on websites before publishing them. A simple phone call may have given the true picture of the whole scenario but nobody did so, they just rushed and published without verifying. This is very bad,” Ogbah said.

Also read: As it happened: Nigeria beat Niger 4-1 in CHAN opener

Asked to reveal the exact figure, Barrister Ogbah said it would be unethical and unprofessional for him to do so, as this is privileged information.

“As is the practice in other climes, if you must report a figure, confirm it. If you do not confirm it, then report is as an undisclosed fee as it is the business of both clubs involved to choose to disclose the fee to the press if they wanted, otherwise they are not bound by any law to do so,” Ogbah further revealed.

In his reaction, the Chairman, Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia, Emeka Inyama in refuting the figures being branded as Chikatara’s transfer fee, said the 21-year-old Ibeku-born striker has already signed the dotted lines to join Wydad Casablanca adding that he was now updating his documents at the Moroccan embassy to enable him unite with his new club as soon as possible.

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