Nigeria Professional Football League club Abia Warriors have dismissed reports that their striker Chisom Chikatara's transfer to Morocco's Wydad Casablanca has been completed.
Abia Warriors wrote in release on Thursday signed by their media officer Igwe Onuoha: "Our attention has been drawn to various publications on Wydad Athletic Club of Casablanca's official website insinuating that their club have completed all transfer formalities of our player, Chisom Chikatara, to Wydad Athletic Club and wish to state as follows:
(a)That player Chisom Chilatara remains a bonafide player of Abia Warriors FC, Umuahia.
(b)That as at the time of this publication, Wydad Athletic Club of
Casablanca are yet to fulfill the transfer requirements of player
Chisom Chikatara from Abia Warriors FC to Wydad.
(c)That whereas Wydad claimed on its website that the transfer money
of Chisom Chikatara from our club to theirs “was successfully
transferred after the club presented the certificate of transfer of
the International Player”, the whole truth and nothing but the truth
is that Abia Warriors FC, Umuahia has not received the purported
transfer fee and has therefore presented no certificate of transfer to
Wydad Athletic in respect of the player in question.
(d)We also wish to confirm that our player Chisom Chikatara has not
received any flight ticket to Casablanca or any where for that matter
from Wydad Board of Directors as claimed by the club’s website.
"We wish to state with all humility that the publications on Wydad
website concerning player Chisom Chikatara is to say the least, untrue
and very unfortunate.
"The Board of Abia Warriors FC therefore states unequivocally here that
player Chisom Chikatara remains our property regardless of the
baseless claims of Wydad Athletic Club of Casablanca until otherwise
stated by us."
Chikatara, who starred at the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda with four goals, travelled to Morocco and was unveiled in a Wydad jersey.
However, Abia Warriors later claimed the Moroccans did not fulfil their part of the agreement and the deal was called off.