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Wolves holds on to Mba

•Photo: Mba (right) being hugged by teammates after scoring one of his two goals for Super Eagles at the just concluded Nations Cup in South Africa. His warri outfit, Wolves won’t release him to join Rangers International

•May release Agbim on loan

By Akinyemi Akinrujomu, Correspondent, Lagos

Nigeria Premier League (NPL) club side, Warri Wolves is holding on to its prized midfielder, Sunday Mba, whom Rangers International badly wants for its continental club assignments.

But the Warri outfit is ready to loan goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim to Rangers provided the price is right.

Both players were part of the victorious Super Eagles that won the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa on February 10, 2013.

While Agbim sat on the bench all through the tournament, Mba scored two crucial goals that ensured the team successfully won the cup. His first was the winning goal against Cote d’ Ivoire in the quarter-final that Eagles won 2-1, while his second was the winning goal against Burkina Faso in the final which Nigeria won 1-0.

Before the tournament ended there were discordant tunes as to which club Mba belonged to. But this was put to rest on Thursday with Rangers statement.

Rangers in its statement said that both teams have accepted to facilitate the loan transfer of Agbim for an agreed fee, while there would be no deal on Mba.

“Warri Wolves said they are not ready to clear Mba. They said for the right money they will clear Agbim but Mba is no-go area.

“Warri Wolves said they can release Chigozie Agbim on loan to us if the price is right,” the coal city club revealed on Wednesday.

The club also revealed that it expected Agbim to be in Enugu for training this weekend, thereby hinting that it could agree a price with Wolves for his services on loan before the week runs out.

“Agbim returns to Enugu this weekend to resume training,” the club said.

The two clubs have  disagreed over the status of Mba and Agbim which Rangers claimed played for it, but Wolves claimed they were its players as no deal was arrived at.

Wednesday’s revelations from Rangers imply that both sides have ironed out the issue.

Meanwhile, Rangers awaits its next opponent in the CAF Champions League after walking over SC Do Principe of Sao Tome and Principe that failed to turn up for Sunday’s tie at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

Rangers’s next opponent ‘will be the winners of the game between a team from Burundi or Rwanda,’ the club has said.

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