NPFL Champions Rivers United Fc have released a statement denying knowledge of the transfer of Striker Ishaq Rafiu to Slovenian club NK Maribor . Rivers United Fc also disclosed it has dragged NK Maribor before FIFA .
Slovenia Prvaliga Champions Maribor yesterday announced it’s capture of Ishaq Rafiu on a 3 year contract . In a dramatic twist , Rivers United on Wednesday morning responded to the news with a statement denying knowledge of the transfer.
The Rivers United Fc press statement released on Wednesday 27, July 2022 reads in full
” Ishaq Rafiu Kayode Remains Rivers United Player – Management.
” The attention of the Management of Rivers United football club of Port Harcourt has been drawn to a fictitious report being circulated in a section of the social media suggesting that our player Ishaq Rafiu Kayode has left the club.
” Such report is completely false and a product of the imagination of mischief makers with the intent of misleading the unsuspecting members of the public.
” Ishaq Rafiu Kayode is still a bonafide player of Rivers United FC as his contract with the team is still valid and as such any purported transfer without the knowledge and consent of Rivers United FC will only be a breach of contract.
” As a club, we are not aware of any such purported transfer as the player only absconded from the club and this position has been made known to FIFA thus any acquisition of the player without our consent is null and void.
” It is important to also note that Rivers United FC remain the only club that can release the said player to any other club when the proper things are done.
Management . ”
July 27, 2022
Ishaq Rafiu a source privy to happenings within Rivers United confirmed has a contract with Rivers United Fc with just days to it’s expiration .
Rivers United according to it’s statement has petitioned NK Maribor before FIFA who will look into the contract situation to determine whether NK Maribor breached transfer rules by securing the transfer of the forward without due consent from Rivers United.
News of the Rivers United Fc Petition will not meet NK Maribor well following Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League second qualifying round 1-0 aggregate loss to Sheriff Tiraspol .
NK Maribor bowed out of the UCL following a Sheriff Tiraspol 1-0 second leg win in Moldova courtesy of a 88th minute strike by Momo Yansané . First leg had ended 0-0 in Slovenia .