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Abia Warriors: We didn’t sell Chikatara for $700k

management of Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has disclosed that Rwanda 2016 Africa Nations Championship, CHAN, revelation, Chisom Chikatara will soon join his new club in Morocco, Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca.

However, the management refuted reports that they sold their prized asset to Wydad for 700,000 USD.

Refuting the story, 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 media was 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 a story 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 in a statement from the club’s Media Officer, Igwe Onuoha.

The Consultant said the player had been signed by the North African club with an undisclosed fee which the Abia Warriors are not obliged to reveal.

“As it is the practice in other climes, if you must report a figure, confirm it. If you do not confirm it, then report it 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, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Abia Warriors, Emeka Inyama, revealed Friday that Chikatara is currently perfecting his travel documents with the Moroccan Embassy in Nigeria to enable him be with his new club as soon as possible.

He said the 21-year-old Ibeku-born striker has already signed to join Wydad Casablanca, adding that he is now updating his documents at the Moroccan Embassy for him to unite with his new club very soon.

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