Chikatara (middle) at Wydad Casablanca presentation
Thursday Jul 07, 2016. 17:10
Abia Warriors have lashed back at Moroccan champions Wydad Casablanca over their claims they have completed the transfer of striker Chisom Chikatara.
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In an official statement by Abia Warriors, the Nigeria league side maintained that Chikatara remains their player and that Wydad have not fulfilled the requirements to now lay claim on him.
The statement read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to various publications on Wydad Athletic
Club of Casablanca 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 anywhere 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.”