By Amaechi Agbo
Nigeria Professional Football League side, Rivers United has disclosed that it will appeal to world football governing body, FIFA over the three windows transfer ban handed to the club.
The Port Harcourt based side was banned by FIFA from signing players for three transfer windows following irregularities in the acquisition of former player of the club, Samuel Akurugu.
The club’s management in statement signed by its media officer on Friday, Sammy Wejinya notes that they are exploring avenues to resolve the matter.
“We are in possession of the said letter from FIFA and every effort is being made to resolve all issues surrounding the development and we are very hopeful that we will come to an amicable settlement.
“We are in touch with the player and all signs point to a quick concurrence in a couple of days as regards settling some pending entitlements.
“Fortunately, Point 8 of the relevant decision of FIFA established that the ‘aforementioned ban will be lifted immediately and prior to its complete serving, once the due amount, plus interest is paid.’
“The management of Rivers United FC is exploring all avenues to bring the matter to a full and final agreement that would be of mutual benefit.
“We are confident that working with FIFA, this matter will be dealt with and that lessons have been learned going forward.
“We assure our teeming fans to remain calm, as we are certain that this situation will be sorted out quickly and the club cleared to register new players before the next transfer window open,” the release said