The management of Rivers United has cleared all outstanding liabilities owed its former player, Samuel Akurugu, the Rivers State Commissioner of Sports, Boma Iyaye, has stated.

The club’s indebtedness to the player had prompted a three-window transfer ban by world football body, FIFA.

But Iyaye added that with the payment, Rivers United would no longer serve the ban, saying the sanction would be lifted “immediately and prior to its complete serving, once the due amount, plus interest, is paid.”

He informed the council boss that the Rivers State Government was concentrating on grassroots sports development, hence the willingness of the sports ministry to partner with stakeholders and local governments to unearth talents that would represent the state.

Iyaye said the Governor Nyesom Wike-led government would have concluded the state’s sports festival, aimed at discovering and grooming grassroots athletes, but for the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the event would still hold.

Earlier, Nwanosike stated that his administration had embarked on the construction of sporting facilities, hence the visit to the ministry for technical and professional assistance.

He also disclosed plans to construct a sports academy in Ikwerre LGA.