Birkirkara FC announced that Miguel Angel Alba will be playing for them after all.
Thirty-year old Miguel Angel Alba was announced as a new signing for Birkirkara FC on Wednesday 26, attending all training session until July 6. However the player left the country without any notification and was announced as the new signing of Bolivian side Club Deportivo Jorge Wilstermann on July 7.
In a statement, the club said that the differences with the player have been resolved. The player had travelled to Bolivia to visit his mother due to health issues she has but he did not sign a contract with the Bolivian club.
Alba had a first spell with Birkirkara in the latter part of season 2016/17 but after not being retained by the Stripes, he moved back to Argentina where he played for Gimnasia y Tiro (Salta). However, he returned to Malta in January 2018 to join Valletta where he spent the last eighteen months, winning two championships. Earlier in his career, Alba played for CA Union, CA Chacarita Juniors, CA Douglas Haig, Alianza Petrolera in Colombia, CD Nublense in Chile, Deportivo Santamarina, CD Guarani, Paphos FC in Cyprus, PAE Veria in Greece and Ermis Aradippou in Cyprus.
Birkirkara FC would like to inform its loyal supporters that following a meeting with player Miguel Alba on Saturday afternoon, the club and the player have resolved the differences that came about last week.
The club announced that Miguel Alba signed a two-year contract with our Club on Wednesday, 26 June and he reported for the first training session just a few hours after signing the contract with our club.
The player left the island without the club’s permission on Saturday, 6 July to fly to Bolivia to be closer to his mother who is going through a difficult time. It emerged that during his time in Bolivia, the player was to sign a contract with Club Deportivo Jorge Wilstermann.
The club has verified that the player’s mother health condition is unfortunately in need of close attention and the player did not sign any contract with the above-mentioned club. The player has unreservedly apologised for his actions that were taken in a moment of distress.
It has been agreed that the player shall be fined three months wages and shall report for training with the rest of the group as of Monday, 15th July.
The club confirms that the contract with the player is still valid and the club is obliged to honour the contract. No further comment shall be made by both the club and the player who shall be issuing his own statement in the coming days.