Ifeanyiubah FC Yet To Pay Full “Release Clause” Of Want-Away Striker Obaje

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Nigeria Professional Football League side FC Ifeanyiubah are still owing some amount of money due to the academy that co-own the economic rights of their want-away striker Godwin Obaje.

A representative of Ruqqaya Football Academy told Owngoalnigeria.com, that the 19 year old striker who joined the Anambra based side from Wikki Tourist of Bauchi has a 30% foreign deal clause in his deal with Wikki Tourist.

The 30% clause caused a stumbling block when the forward finished as top scorer two seasons ago, and after his failure to secure a deal abroad, FC Ifeanyiubah made known their intention to sign the forward.

Chief Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah who is the owner of the Nigeria Professional Football League side later agreed to pay the clause to the Academy, and according to the representative of Ruqqaya Academy, he initially said he was going to pay $100,000.

He later had a change in mind using the foreign exchange issue in Nigeria at that time as an excuse to say he will pay them in Naira, and promised to pay 20 million Naira to the Kaduna based Academy.

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However one year after his transfer, the Academy have only received 5 million Naira of the 20 million Naira agreed as payment to deactivate the foreign deal clause in his contract before joining the team.

Obaje who is pinning for a move away from the club due to the financial issues that saw them fail to pay him for five months,was also promised he would be given a chance to try out at English Premier League side West Ham, who are partners to the Nigerian club.

Ade Emmanuel