CAF stated this in a letter to NFF secretary.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has disqualified Nigeria’s sole club representative in ongoing continental football, Enugu Rangers, from this year’s CAF Confederation Cup. The club was disqualified for featuring junior international goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel, in the competition; a statement by the spokesman of Nigerian football, Demola Olajire, noted.
In a letter addressed to the General Secretary of the Nigerian Football Federation, Musa Amadu, and dated July 2, CAF said it was basing its decision on “documents and letters sent by the club Shooting Stars and its Chairman”, which confirmed that “by the time the player was registered on December 24th, 2012, no agreement was found between Shooting Stars and Enugu Rangers for the player Daniel Emmanuel.”
However, the League Management Company, in charge of managing the Nigerian league, said on Tuesday, according to Mr. Olajire, that Emmanuel Daniel has a valid license that recognises him as a player of Enugu Rangers in this season’s Globacom Nigerian Professional Football League.
Also on Tuesday, Enugu Rangers, which defeated CS Sfaxien of Tunisia, 1-0, to reach the mini-league phase of the second-tier African club competition, said it has set in motion steps to appeal the CAF ruling.
The Nigerian football scribe, Mr. Amadu, is quoted as saying that the football body will give Rangers its full support in the appeal process.
“We are absolutely shocked that an internal transfer matter between two clubs could snowball into a situation that will see a Nigerian club disqualified from continental competition.
“We have seen the player’s contract. He signed a contract to play for Shooting Stars FC between January and December 2012, and at the expiration of his contract, duly signed for Enugu Rangers. The player did not start playing for Enugu Rangers until he secured his license from the LMC in April this year.
“It is also on record that the player had featured for Enugu Rangers against clubs like Heartland FC and Sunshine Stars, and even againstv Shooting Stars in Enugu a couple of weeks ago, without any of the clubs protesting his eligibility,” Mr. Amadu said.
“The NFF and LMC will afford Enugu Rangers total support in this case and we are confident that the club will be re-instated in the competition,” he added.