Shooting Stars, Rangers fight over goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel

Two top clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League are embroiled in a controversy over a player
Two Nigeria Professional Football League clubs, Shooting Stars Sports Club and Rangers are currently in a bitter fight over goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel.

Daniel played for Shooting Stars last year before joining Rangers this season.

But the Ibadan side has threatened that they will report Rangers to the NFF and CAF because the goalkeeper was not properly cleared before he started playing for the Enugu side.

Shooting Stars media officer, Jubril Arowolo told Goal that Rangers should know that it is wrong for them to use Emmanuel Daniel in any of their matches.

"In December last year, Emmanuel came to us that he was interested in remaining with the team for this season and we negotiated with him.

"But a day after negotiation, he told us that he wanted to go and see his family in Kaduna. We allowed him to go, only to hear that he went to Enugu to sign for Rangers.

"We made our enquiries and found that truly, he was with Rangers at that time. And in February this year, Rangers wrote to us that they want Emmanuel in their team for this season.

"We replied that they should come to Ibadan for proper negotiation because it is not something we should discuss over the phone.

"They did not call us or say anything about the player until we heard he was in goal for them when they played CS Sfaxien in the Confederation Cup in Enugu.

"Last Sunday, he was also in goal when they took on Sunshine Stars in the Nigeria Professional Football League. Now the question we are asking is, why did they clear Emmanuel Daniel from that will warrant them to use him in any of their matches.

"Can clubs now take other players, wait for a period and begin to play him? Who gave Rangers the clearance papers to use the player in their matches?

"That is what we want to know because if any clearance paper will come for Emmanuel, it should come from us," Arowolo said.

Rangers General Manager, Ozor Paul Chibuzor also told Goal that they did the proper thing before they started using the player.

"Emmanuel Daniel signed a one year contract with Shooting Stars and at the end of the season, we wrote to the Nigeria Football Federation to interprete what it means to complete a one year contract.

"They told us that Emmaneul Daniel is a free player and also wrote to the Nigeria Professional Football League to register the boy as our player.

"This is exactly what happened and I don't think we have breached any rules here. Shooting Stars know that he signed a one year contract with them and at the beginning of this season, he is a free player," Chibuzor concluded.

Shooting Stars have however threatened that they will report Rangers to the Nigeria Football Football Federation and if possible take the matter to the Confederation of African Football.