Keshi threatens to drop Sunday Mba if ownership controversy affects his form

The national team trainer has asked the clubs warring over the midfielder's signature to find common ground in order not to jeopardize the player’s future


Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has warned that he could drop midfielder Sunday Mba if the controversies surrounding his ownership rights eventually affect his form.

Africa Cup of Nations hero Mba is torn between playing for Warri Wolves and Enugu Rangers, a situation which the Nigeria Football Federation is currently investigating.

Both clubs claim that they have ownership rights to the player and have provided documents to back their claims.

The NFF Executive Board set up a four-man committee led by its Director of Competitions Sanusi Mohammed and it has concluded investigations on the matter after quizzing the two clubs but waiting for the NFF president and its Board to ratify the decision on the issue.

Mba has not played a competitive match since the end of the Afcon last month where he scored the winning goal against Burkina Faso in the final.

Keshi who is not happy with the issue warned that he won’t parade a match rusty player in their 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying match against Kenya, a reason why the controversy must be resolved on time for the player to concentrate on his football.

“The two clubs should quickly resolve the issue and think about the boy’s career as very important and not to jeopardize it,” Keshi told on Tuesday in Abuja.

“Every local player, every Nigerian player is important for the national team. So if [Mba] is not playing I may decide to drop him. If he is not playing he may not be good for us in the team,” Keshi said.