Dutch football club Heerenveen has taken Russian giants CSKA Moscow to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over an outstanding payment of over €3 million for the transfer of Nigerian forward Chidera Ejuke more than three years ago, according to Score Nigeria.
The transfer deal originally amounted to approximately €12 million, to be paid in four installments. While three of these installments were fulfilled, the payment process was disrupted after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, leaving the final part of the transaction unresolved.
Ferry de Haan, Heerenveen’s general manager, expressed frustration, stating, “That’s annoying, it’s a lot of money.” He added that the matter is currently in the hands of CAS, and the club remains positive about a favorable outcome. However, the exact duration of the resolution remains uncertain, with estimates ranging from weeks to months. De Haan emphasized the difference between being proven right and actually receiving the owed money.
Heerenveen had previously received a favorable ruling on the matter from FIFA.
Meanwhile, Ejuke, the subject of the disputed transfer, is presently playing for Belgian club Royal Antwerp on loan from CSKA Moscow. The loan agreement is scheduled to conclude in the summer of 2024. As of now, Transfermarkt values the player at €5.5 million.