The two clubs fight for the ownership of the Nigerian midfielder.
The Media officer of Warri Wolves, Moses Etu, has claimed that it paid N3.5million to Rangers on behalf of Nations Cup hero.
Etu told journalists on Tuesday that N3.5 million was deposited into a private account of Paul Chidozie, the General Manager of Rangers in respect of the transfer of Sunday Mba.
“We have all the documents regarding all our dealings with Rangers with regards to Sunday Mba. We got a provisional clearance from Rangers on Sunday Mba when he joined us and we paid the sum of N3.5m to Rangers through the private account of the GM of the club, Paul Chibuzor, who instructed us to make such payment,” he said.
“It is laughable that after selling a player to us they still come to lay claim to him just because he performed well at the Nations Cup and clubs are after him with mouth-watering offers.
“We are resolute in our claim that Mba is our player and we are ready to give Rangers the 30% sell-on clause attached to his release whenever we sell him to a foreign club,” he added.
However, the media officer of Rangers, Foster Chime, has denied the allegations and said the manager has promised to sue Etu to court for defamation of character.
Foster told the press that the claim by Warri Wolves is false.
“In Abuja, the GM tendered documents and bank tellers with regard to payments made by Wolves. At no time was any money paid in respect of Sunday Mba, but for Togolese defender Busari Akinsola; and it was never paid to the GM’s personal account. The G.M has even started legal proceedings against Moses Etu for defamation,” he said.
Mba was Nigeria’s hero at the last African Nations Cup where he scored the only goal in the final match against Burkina Faso. He is yet to feature for any of the clubs fighting for his signature in this season’s Nigerian Premier League, but played for the Super Eagles against Kenya on Saturday.