Chairman of Warri Wolves, Amaju Pinnick
By Duro Ikhazuagbe
Chairman of Warri Wolves, Amaju Pinnick, has asked his lawyers to institute a N1billion libel suit against online publication, Goal.com for alleging in a report that he (Amaju) and Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi wanted to share 150,000 Euro from Sunday Mba’s botched transfer to French club, Bastia.
Fuming with rage Thursday, Amaju who returned to the country on Tuesday from America, described the report as “baseless and only directed at maligning my reputation. I will not let it go without redress.”
He described the failed Bastia deal for Warri Wolves’ player, Sunday Mba, as the best option for the AFCON 2013 hero.
“While I am not prepared to join issues with Goal.com, I want to say that no sane club chairman will take the offer Bastia was offering Warri Wolves and Sunday Mba. It was a slave contract that may have ruined the career of the player. As responsible club, we rejected it in its entirety. So, I do not know where Goal.com got their scoop that the deal was scuttled because I and Stephen Keshi could not agree on the formula to share their contrived sum.
Amaju insisted that Bastia offered to pay Warri Wolves a staggered sum of 250,000 euros.
“Bastia officials agreed to pay Warri Wolves the sum of 250,000 euros according to the following schedule :
50,000 Euros to be paid by January 31, 2014 while 100,000 euros is to be remitted to the Warri Club by July 31, 2014.
The balance 100,000 euros was not going to be due for payment until January 31, 2015.
The Warri Wolves boss stressed that what annoyed him most was the aspect of Mba’s contract that says in the case of the player injured and had to stay four months of the pitch, his contract will be terminated and was not going to earn any money for the period he is down.
“Which player will deliberately get himself injured? Injuries are part of the business of football and when it happens solutions are sought. To say the player will not be paid is not a good deal for me,” reasoned Amaju, who also doubles as chairman of Delta State Sports Commission.
Also corroborating Amaju’s statement, Uche Onyeacho, the lawyer who is Mba’s sole agent and representative, told THISDAY Thursday night that his client was not carved for such contract as drafted by Bastia officials.
Part of the contract says; *If Bastia gains promotion to Ligue 1, they have the right to buy Mba at a preferential price of €800,000 minus the amount they have already paid while a bonus of €100,000 will be given to Warri Wolves.
Also a partnership deal of two years will be agreed between the two clubs (Bastia and Warri Wolves) to organise friendly games and trials at Bastia for the best players of Warri Wolves. This agreement will work at the moment they maintain their place in the league or get promoted and the contract can be renewed every two years.
It was also expressly stated that the player cannot be sold for less than €800,000. In the case where he is sold on to another club, Warri Wolves would be given 50 per cent of the transfer fees. In case CA Bastia get relegated, Sunday Mba will go back to Warri Wolves.