The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) is embroiled in a heated controversy after Albert Korvah, the league’s 2023 best foreign player, abruptly terminated his contract with Rivers United.
In a shock move, the Liberian forward sent a letter formally ending his association with the “Pride of Rivers,” citing unfulfilled contractual obligations on the club’s part, Footballrover reports.
The letter alleges that Rivers United failed to pay his salary in dollars as agreed upon and refused to compensate him for the perceived difference.
Korvah claims the breach of contract gives him “Sporting Just Cause” under FIFA regulations, allowing him to terminate the agreement.
The full letter expresses regret over the decision but emphasises the inability to continue under the current circumstances.
The full letter reads:
“This letter is to regretfully inform you of the termination of our contract. This club has failed to meet its obligations. Our agreement is terminated from this day henceforth the club fail to meet their contractual obligation which was promised.
With the opportunity granted to me by the Club Rivers United with mutual understanding, our agreement is terminated from this day henceforth as the only available option because the Club cannot revert to pay my salary in dollars and cannot make payment of my perceived difference.
With Sporting Just Cause in FIFA’s transfer’s regulation, I have every right to terminate the contract once the club breaches their obligation within the contract.”
NPFL 2023 BEST FOREIGN PLAYER TERMINATED HIS CONTRACT WITH RIVERS UNITED.
Albert Korvah reveal that he terminated his contract with the Pride of Rivers because of some transfer regulations which @RiversUnitedFC failed to fulfill.
Here is what the Liberian Albert Korvah said; ???? pic.twitter.com/kmXhMrSGre
— Olaiya Azeez Lawal (@OlaiyaAzeezLaw1) January 20, 2024
Rivers United, however, vehemently counters Korvah’s claims.
Media officer Charles Mayuku dismissed the circulating letter as “fake and unsigned,” further stating that Korvah remains a “bonafide player” who “absconded without permission” and is now considered AWOL.
The club assures it’s pursuing “redress from the appropriate quarters” to resolve the matter.