14th March, 2011
Warri Wolves striker Ekigho Ehiosun could well be dropped from the Super Eagles squad for a Nations Cup qualifier after his agent seized his passport following a botched transfer to Norway.
Warri Wolves spokesman, Timi Ebikagboro, told MTNFootball.com that the Nigeria Premier League, NPL side have lodged a formal protest to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF over the seizure of their playerâ€™s passport.
The striker, who scored against Sierra Leone on his Eagles debut last month, will not be eligible for the Ethiopia tie on 27 March without his international passport.
However, Ehiosunâ€™s angry agent, Olayiwola Odukoya, has stuck to his guns, insisting he will only surrender the document on the payment of over $13,000 (N2m) he invested on the player.
â€œThe playerâ€™s international passport is with me and I am not releasing the passport until Warri Wolves pay me N2m,â€ he said.
â€œWhen I was spending money on Ehiosun, when I was taking him to Qatar, I never had this problem. But now that he was to sign for Stabeak in Norway for me to recoup my investment, the club are now a stumbling block.
â€œDelta Stateâ€™s Sports Commissioner was boasting that he will pay me back all the money I have spent on the player because the boy is not going anywhere.â€
The London-based agent told MTNFootball.com that he has invested heavily on the striker including selling off his car to pay for some of the playerâ€™s expenses.
â€œI sold my car because of Ehiosun. I took him to Qatar in December and we came back to Nigeria on Christmas eve after spending almost two weeks in Qatar, where he was on trials with Ak-Wakra,â€ he revealed.
â€œYou donâ€™t mess with somebody just like that. When I was taking this boy up and down, nobody talked.â€
He poured cold water on allegations by Warri Wolves that he did not carry them along in respect of the playerâ€™s trip to Norway. â€œI had two copies of the invitation letters from Stabeak. I gave Ehiosun a copy to give to his club, while I submitted the Nigeria Football Federationâ€™s copy through the Eagles secretary (Dayo Enebi) since the player was in Eagles camp then,â€ he explained.
â€œSo, what are Warri Wolves saying? Ehiosun canâ€™t deny the fact I gave him the clubâ€™s copy and he promised to give it to his club. I did everything I supposed to do. I am not stupid.â€