Nigerian cup holders Akwa United may soon face the wrath of the world football governing bod...
Nigerian cup holders Akwa United may soon face the wrath of the world football governing body, FIFA, for failure to pay off Meshack Chukwubuikem and his agent, Vanguard reports.
FIFA ordered that the team should be stripped off three points should they fail to pay off the player and his agent, Ojore Oka, a total of N2.5million.
In 2015, FIFA instructed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to investigate and prosecute Akwa United over their failure to pay up the agency fees agreed with the FIFA-licensed agent of their former player Chukwubuikem Meshack.
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Meshack who had a very successful loan period with the Uyo based club during the 2012/2013 season left the club in controversial circumstances. FIFA disciplinary committee after a series of letters to Akwa United management dated June 9, 2015, found the club guilty for failure to comply with the decision passed by the Single Judge of the players’ status committee on 23 September 2014 and therefore have violated article 64 of the FIFA disciplinary code.
It is believed that Nigeria cup holders Akwa owe the player and his agent, Ojore Oka, a total of 2.5 million Naira.
"The club Akwa United are granted a final period of grace of 30 days as from notification of the present decision in which to settle its debt to the creditor, the players' agent, Dr Ojore Oka,” read the ruling in part.
"If the payment is not made by this deadline, the creditor may demand in writing from the secretariat to the FIFA disciplinary committee that three (3) points be deducted from the debtor's first team in the domestic league championship. Once the creditor has filed this request, the points will be deducted automatically without a further formal decision having to be taken by the FIFA disciplinary committee.
“The order to implement the points deducted will be issued on the association concerned by the secretariat to the FIFA disciplinary committee.
"If the club Akwa United still fails to pay the amount due even after deduction of the points in accordance, the FIFA disciplinary committee with decided on a possible relegation of the debtor's first team to the next lower division.”
FIFA licensed agent Ojore Oka, who confirmed he had brought a case against Akwa United at FIFA, declined any comments, only saying his lawyer in Switzerland was handling the case.