Nigerian champions Rangers will pay a fine believed to be in the region of $400 to CAF for the late registration of star striker Chisom Egbuchulam after his failed move to Tunisia.
Egbuchulam was not included among the 25 players already submitted to CAF for the preliminary round matches of the Champions League.
“Egbuchulam was not among the players we registered for the continental. He was not also registered for the league. You know he had traveled out to Tunisia and nobody expected the Tunisian deal would collapse”, an official of Rangers said in anonymity.
Egbuchulam’s domestic and continental exclusion followed his earlier move to Etoile Du Sahel of Tunisia which wasn’t successful.
He was later to be linked with Club Africaine also of Tunisia but after a successful medicals and personal terms agreement with the club that once had Victor Ezeji and Junior Osagie on their pay roll, the deal collapsed.
“The failure of the Club Africaine deal was more between the agent and the Tunisian club and not on the part of Chisom or Rangers”, the Enugu Rangers official added.
Egbuchulam was Rangers top scorer last season with 16 goals. He has already resumed training with Rangers since his return from the failed Tunisia deal.
Rangers drew 1-1 with Jeunnese Sportive de la Saoura in the first leg of the first round of the preliminary stages of the CAF Champions League.