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Transfer Fee Debt Threatens Bulbwa’s Esperance Contract

Continued delay by Esperance to pay the transfer fee of Nigeria junior international, Bernard Bulbwa, has sparked a row between the Tunisian club and Shuttle Sports Academy, with the latter threatening to ask world soccer governing body, FIFA, to cancel the contract.

Shuttle Sports Academy, which Bulbwa played for in Nigeria before joining Esperance, claimed they are yet to receive the $180, 000 transfer fee negotiated with Esperance, even after the academy had directed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to release the player’s International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Shuttle Sports, it was learnt, have yet to receive the money months after the management of Esperance claimed it had transferred the cash to the account of the Nigerian academy. “It is a very bad piece of business for the academy because Esperance have not been honest in their dealings with them in respect of the transfer of Bernard,” a source privy to the deal revealed. “The way it is even going, they (Shuttle Sports) may even lose the player for nothing unless they act fast and decisively.”

Findings from investigation suggest Esperance have the penchant for stalling on fulfilling their obligations. For instance, Nigeria Professional Football League side, Dolphins of Port Harcourt, have only received half of the transfer fee on striker Emem Eduok from the Tunisian club. Enyimba, it was gathered, pulled the plug on Kingsley Sokari’s move to Esperance after the North Africans failed to pay $400,000 agreed for the midfielder’s transfer.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Under-23 striker Junior Ajayi is in Tunis to discuss a transfer to Esperance, according to reports out of Tunisia. According to E-S-Tunis.com, the Shooting Stars of Ibadan striker has arrived Tunis along with his agent to discuss terms with Esperance. Junior Ajayi is the leading scorer of the Nigeria Olympic team and scored the brace, which qualified the Dream Team to play in the 2015 Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations that takes place in Senegal in November.

-Oladipo Okubanjo

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