Our attention has been drawn to photographs circulating on social media, showing two of our bona fide players - Kolawole Adeyemi Daniel and David Oguntunde Mark, donning the jersey of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), which was posted by 3SC on their Facebook page, presumably involved in pre-season training with the Ibadan-based club.
For avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that both Daniel and Mark signed a 3-year contract with Vandrezzer FC which is still in force till 2022, and the players have not been released to 3SC nor their contracts terminated.
Though our club is presently on break and would be resuming shortly for preparations towards the 2021/2022 season, we deem it unprofessional for any player signed to a club to don the jersey of another club or embark on pre-season activities with them without the knowledge and permission of his club.
We are equally surprised that a club of the magnitude of 3SC and with history behind it, would condescend and be involved in such an abysmal act, knowing fully well that Vandrezzer FC holds the players registration. The provisions of FIFA's Regulation on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) and our football rules on the domestic level are unambiguous as to the implication of inducing a player to breach his contract with a club.
To this end, we have filed an official complaint to the Nigeria National League and other relevant bodies, with supporting documents attached to show the current breach by both 3SC and the said players, who are still in contract and receiving their salaries from VFC.
It is our expectation that the authorities would deal decisively with this issue as it remains one of the debilitating factors standing against the growth of football in Nigeria.
All clubs are by this publication, advised to be wary of any third party claiming to hold the economic rights of our players or to be entitled to participate, either in full or in part, in compensation payable in relation to the future transfer of our player from one club to another.
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