Exclusive – Ownership Tussle Threatens Moses Ebiye’s Transfer To Lillestroem


The proposed transfer of Akwa United forward Moses Ebiye is on hold following an ownership tussle between four aggrieved parties in Nigeria who are all insisting on a share of his transfer fee, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.


Ebiye started his career at a local side in Lagos owned by a member of the National Assembly in Nigeria, before he moved to Bethel FC from where he was snapped up by relegated Nigeria Premier League side Ikorodu United.

Ikorodu United paid 400,000 Naira to Bethel FC to have the forward on loan for a year, but soon after he joined the club ‎, Bethel FC demanded a renegotiation of the deal, which Ikorodu United rebuffed.

That lead the amateur side to approach Alhaji Liamed Gaffar, Chairman of 36 Lions who then paid Bethel FC 1.2 million Naira and also paid back the 400,000 Naira Ikorodu United paid Bethel FC to acquire full ownership of the player.


On his part Ebiye grew disillusioned with life at the then relegation ‎threatened team and pushed for a move away from Ikorodu United, but Gafar pleaded with him to stay and subsequently decided to be paying him 60,000 Naira extra from his pocket to augument what he was being paid by Akwa United.

At the end of last season, he secured a move to Akwa United just before the start of this season and an agreement was reached between Akwa United and 36 Lions on his future sale with the latter agreeing to cede 2% of his move to the Premier League side.

However Ebiye moved to Norway without the knowledge of 36 Lions and Gafar who is the chairman of the team, and he subsequently ordered the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) not to issue the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) of the player.

He used the documents of his transactions with the parties involved to put the deal on hold, leaving the NFF to call all aggrieved parties to a meeting where a decision was reached on his transfer fee.

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The NFF ruled that all parties involved are going to have a share of the transfer fee Lillestroem are going to pay for the 19 year old, clearing the way for him to complete his move to Lillestroem hopefully before this weekend.


Osas Mahawi