Sunday Mba can heave a sigh of relief as he has been “provisionally” released by Warri Wolves to represent Enugu Rangers in their Caf Champions League match against Recreativo Libolo in Angola this weekend.
Rangers will travel to southern Africa on Thursday evening and Mba is now expected to go with them.
In a press statement made by Wolves’ media officer Moses Etu on Thursday, the club agreed to release the Super Eagles hero based on the considerations about his career.
Club secretary Lawrence Omowho wrote: “The Management of Warri Wolves Football Club hereby on NATIONAL INTEREST releases its bonafide player, Sunday Mba to play for Rangers International Football Club, Enugu.
“The Nigeria Football Federation should note that HUNDRED PERCENT FINANCIAL AND FEDERATING RIGHTS of the player, Sunday Mba remains with Warri Wolves.
“Warri Wolves is doing this in the national interest and so that the player’s career would not be in jeopardy,” Omowho said.
Mba has not played a competitive league game since his heroics at the Africa Cup of Nations due to the battle over his ownership rights by both Warri Wolves and Rangers.
Wading into the issue, the NFF granted Wolves ownership rights to the player and asked Rangers to negotiate with Wolves for his transfer.
With Wolves’ declaration, the player can finally return to playing football again.
Ranger go to Angola having played a goalless draw in the first leg in Enugu a fortnight ago.