The Players’ Status Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has ordered Nigeria Professional Football League club, Shooting Stars of Ibadan, to pay the sum of N5 million to fellow Glo Premier League side, Sunshine Stars FC of Akure, on or before July 19, concerning the case of player Ajani Ibrahim, the NFF has announced via its website.
The two clubs have been involved in a transfer wrangle over the striker since he played for 3SC in a league match recently.
The NFF adds: "At its meeting of Monday, June 15, in Abuja, the committee headed by NFF Executive Committee member Babagana Kalli found that Ajani Ibrahim, who has a valid contract with Sunshine Stars of Akure, absconded from the latter’s camp. Though the committee, at an earlier sitting of April 15, had advised Shooting Stars to open up negotiations with Sunshine Stars over the player, the negotiation/discussion was fruitless.
"In its ruling, the committee ordered that the said sum of N5m as transfer fee on the player should be paid to an account to be made available by the Akure-based club. It also ruled that Sunshine Stars shall be entitled to 20 per cent of future sale of Ajani Ibrahim, or the sum of N3 million as buy-out clause in lieu of the 20 per cent future sale.
"Shooting Stars Sports Club must also, by Monday next week, pay N500,000 to the Players’ Status Committee for the illegal approach on Ajani Ibrahim, and the player himself must by the same date, pay N100,000 to the committee for absconding from Sunshine Stars FC camp.
"A request for an appeal of this decision must be sent to the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation within 10 days of Shooting Stars FC receiving notification of the decision, otherwise it becomes binding and final.
"Other members of the committee are Jude Anyadufu, Dahiru Sadi and Austin Popo. Nasiru Jibril is secretary and Joshua Onoja the assistant secretary."