Four Nigerians dropped by Curepipe
Posted: 29 January 2009 Time: 14:41
KickOff.com’s disclosure of allegations last week that one of Curepipe Starlight’s players, Nigerian Olayeni Fashina, was playing under a false name has resulted in the Mauritian champions making major changes to their squad.
Starlight has dropped Fashina and three of his countrymen, Christopher Nwanze along with goalkeeper Gabriel Obinna Nnaji and striker Ejike Ogbonna Iroegbu (who were due to arrive from Nigeria today) from the team that plays SuperSport United in a Caf Champions League preliminary match at the Atteridgeville Super Stadium on Sunday.
“We do not want to take a risk and use these players as we have not heard anything official from Caf, even though we have already taken steps to verify their status.
“In any case, we all are shaken by this business in which we appear to have been largely misled,” says club secretary Dillen Veeraragoo.
“We have taken the step of replacing the four with locally based players because the club cannot wait because it intends to fly out tomorrow.
Starlight’s coach Maurice Andrimandranto says the situation was a hard blow, particularly because they will be lacking punch up front without the services of the expatriates, and because their opponents ‘are frightening’.
The Fashina saga began soon after KickOff magazine carried a story that the Nigerian would be one of the players that SuperSport would have to watch out for in the opening Caf campaign match.
Dumsani Gumede, owner of Malanti Chiefs in Swaziland, read the report and immediately contacted this website.
“I had been trying to locate the player in a number of African countries, until someone told me about the article in KickOff where it was mentioned that he had played for my team in Swaziland.
“It appears that someone has tried to change the spelling of his surname. It’s Fashina, not Fashiia as spelt in the magazine."
According to Gumede, Fashina left Swaziland on October 2, telling him that he was going for trials in France but would pass through Mauritius to apply for a visa to Europe. Then the Nigerian disappeared.
“I’m surprised that a player can register with another team without getting a clearance from his former club. We spent lot of money when we bought this player, including a high signing on fee, so we are not taking this matter lightly.
“I have already instructed my secretary to write a letter to Caf to notify them about the player being registered illegally with the team in Mauritius,” Gumede added.