FIFA have fired a note of warning to Akwa United, ordering the Nigerian club to pay off Meshack Chukwubuikem and his agent, or face the music.
It is believed that Nigeria cup holders, Akwa, owes the player and his agent, Ojore Oka, a total of 2.5 million Naira.Meshack underwent a successful loan spell with Akwa United during the 2012/2013 season, before he left the club.
The World football governing body, had earlier instructed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to open disciplinary proceedings against Akwa United over the non-payment of agency fees agreed with the FIFA-licensed agent of their former player Chukwubuikem, but has now sent a final verdict.
Stating that the club is in violation of art. 64 of the FIFA disciplinary code.
FIFA’s ruling in part reads: “The club Akwa United are granted a final period of grace of 30 days as from notification of the present decision in which to settle its debt to the creditor, the players.
“If the payment is not made by this deadline, the creditor may demand in writing from the secretariat to the FIFA disciplinary committee that three (3) points be deducted from the debtor’s first team in the domestic league championship. Once the creditor has filed this request, the points will be deducted automatically without a further formal decision having to be taken by the FIFA disciplinary committee.
“The order to implement the points deducted will be issued on the association concerned by the secretariat to the FIFA disciplinary committee.
“If the club Akwa United still fails to pay the amount due even after deduction of the points in accordance, the FIFA disciplinary committee with decided on a possible relegation of the debtor’s first team to the next lower division.”