3SC have denied allegations they were behind Rangers ouster from the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup.
In a press release made available on the matter, the Ibadan club said they deemed it necessary to absolve themselves from the mess that resulted in the transfer saga, which eventually led to the expulsion of Rangers from the CAF Confederation Cup for fielding an ineligible player, Emmanuel Daniel.
Shooting Stars maintained there was no time they reported Rangers to CAF directly or indirectly over the said player’s transfer case and they only got to know about Daniel?s case with CAF when NFF forwarded a letter written by CAF to their (3SC) e-mail box. The said letter was a response to the document on the player (Emmanuel Daniel) earlier sent by the NFF to CAF.
“In the said letter forwarded to 3SC, NFF requested us (3SC) to furnish them with all documents relating to the contract of Emmanuel Daniel, which the team promptly responded to within few hours of receipt of the letter,” read the statement in part.
3SC also revealed that to avert this kind of situation, they wrote letters on three different occasions on the matter but no response from the LMC and NFF.
“It is worthy of note to inform Nigerians that 3SC forwarded three letters between May 20 and June 11, 2013 to NFF and LMC on this issue, but no response was received on it,” 3SC said.
3SC also contested a statement credited to an NFF official that 3SC never protested the use of Daniel as they actually played under protest against Rangers in Enugu.
“An official of the NFF, who stated that it was 3SC that contacted CAF, also said that Rangers fielded Emmanuel Daniel against Sunshine Stars, Heartland and 3SC in the on-going Premier League without protest is being economical with the truth because 3SC played the said match under protest,? they argued.
?The protest letter was acknowledged by the match commissioner, Mr. E.E.E. Ebito, who included it (the protest letter) in his match report.”
The statement further added: ?3SC queried that if Emmanuel Daniel were a free agent as some people are claiming, why did Rangers international call 3SC to request for the goalkeeper’s services, but never turned up for negotiations as we requested. And why did they come later in March offered to pay a certain amount for the player?
“Rangers wrote us in November 2012 informing us that Emmanuel Daniel is with them and they would need his service, for which we asked them to come and negotiate.
?There was no correspondence until March 5, 2013, when Rangers offered to pay a sum of N2.5 Million and we told them that we could only release Emmanuel Daniel at N3 Million on a season-long loan deal. Rangers did not get back to us until they started using Emmanuel Daniel, even on international scene without our consent and without letter of release from 3SC.
?It should be recalled that last year?s football season ended on September 7, 2012, and Emmanuel Daniel renegotiated to play with 3SC in the new season (2012/2013), and on that premise, collected his October, 2012 salary before taking permission to visit his family in Kaduna only to surface in Enugu with Rangers.?