Hello sports lovers, we now have something for you here on OnoBello.com with our very first sports feature by contributing correspondent Andyson Ogugua Smith, a popular Sports, Fitness and Lifestyle writer that has worked in the media for many years as well as with a lot of Nigerian national and international sportsmen.
Today, Andyson is taking a look at the recent football transfers.
Following the conclusion of all transfer business in the football world at 11pm GMT on the 2nd of September, a number of Nigerian stars have been the subject of expensive deals and intriguing career moves.
It is very interesting to note that a few movements on deadline day headlined a couple of Nigeria players. It is my sincere wish and prayers that they go on to perform at their optimum as the European football season gets into full swing after the international football week.
Lets take a look at a few Nigerian players who caught the eye on or before deadline day.
In the English premier league, which arguably the most popular and most televised league in the world today. Nigerian prodigious winger Victor Moses, who has been shut out from the line up of Chelsea by returnee coach Jose Mourinho following the expensive acquisition of players such as Brazilian star Willian and four-time African footballer of the year Samuel Eto O’, meant that little remained of the 22 year old Nigerian at Stamford Bridge and he decided to make a season long loan switch to current premier league leaders Liverpool, his move does not come as a surprise as Brendon Rogers the Liverpool coach has been a long time admirer of the skilful winger ,although clubs like Ac Milan, Southampton, Stoke city and Schalke 04 were all vying for his signature, he finally put pen to paper for the Anfield giants in the early hours of deadline day.
Another movement, expected earlier rather than late, was Peter Osaze Odemwingie, who has endured a frustrating time at the Hawthorns since February 2013. After driving over to Lofus road unpermitted, in a bid to force a move to QPR (Queens Park Rangers) in the January transfer window, he was subsequently fined 75, 000 pounds by Westbrom and demoted to the second team. Even after his recall to the main squad, coach Steve Clarke barely used him, as if that wasn’t enough his twitter raid with fans made him become a target of treats and abuses from the fans of the midlands club. This season has seen him left out the club’s plans. However, With Swansea, Stoke city and Cardiff showing interest in signing him and the latter willing to meet his asking prize, it emerged that Cardiff has been given permission to speak to the player on deadline day and it did not take long for the 32 year old Uzbek-born Nigerian to make a move to the Walsh club, for a fee believed to be about 2.5 million pounds on a three year deal.
With one Nigeria going out, came another to Westbrom, Victor Anichebe who has played all his professional football at Goodison Park for Everton, ended the fairy tail Romance with club, by moving over to the Hawthorns, for a fee that could rise to 6 million pounds. The 25 year old who has been plagued all through his career at Everton by injuries, was beginning to enjoy a new lease on life towards the close of last season under David Moyes. But the departure of Moyes to Man united and the arrival of Roberto Martinez, the Nigeria International has seen his chances for places for blues few an far between, making just cameo appearance in Everton’s second game after three rounds of league football. He did not hesitate to jump ship. Lets hope he finally finds his footing under Steve Clarke at Westbrom.
One rather unfortunate deal gone sour, is that of Sunday Mba, who I am personally very sad about, because he is a good friend of mine and I was following his move to Europe all through because we were in communication whilst his was in France putting finishing touches to the move. Dubbed as Nigeria’s Nations cup hero, some even said His name is “Sunday, scored on Sunday to nail the final blow on the mighty Ivory Coast’s coffin and finished it off on another Sunday to deliver the cup of nations trophy to Nigeria after 19 disappointing years”.
First, we saw pictures of him with club officials of CA Bastia in the French league two posing with the club jerseys with his name and number. Few days later it was reported that due to transfer fee disagreements between Bastia and his parent club Warri Wolves of Delta state the deal was scuppered.
It is very sad for a player, whose career seems to be on the rise since the AFCON in February but has been blighted by some greedy club officials and so called stakeholders. I know Sunday is a strong character and would bounce back and like they say, everything happens for a reason.
A Round Up Of Other Nigerian Players Movement Earlier In The Transfer Window
Emmanuel Emenike, moved back to his beloved Fenerbahce for 13 million Euros from Spartak Moscow, it can be recalled the 25 year never kicked a ball for the Turkish giants when he was first signed two season ago.
Seems like Turkey has become the new hob for Nigerian Players. Another Super Eagles player Godfrey Obaobona has also penned down a 700,000 Euros contract with newly promoted side Rizespor, which also has another Nigeria Uche Kalu on their roaster.
Other notable movers in Turkey, 32-year-old forward John Utaka, moved on a free transfer to Svissapor, Super eagles out cast Taye Taiwo who last played on loan at Dynamo kyiv also moved to Bursaspor from AC Milan.
Joel Obi will hope that a sojourn at Parma will help him establish himself as a Serie A midfielder of genuine class. The key thing, surely, will be remaining injury free.
Finally, over in Holland, young Nigerian forward Uche Nwofor who scored a brace, in the recent Super Eagles friendly against South Africa departs VVV-Venlo for a year, on loan at SC Heerenveen.
On The African Front, Some Notable Transfer Movements
Samuel Eto O’: From Anzhi Makhachkala To Chelsea Undisclosed Fee.
Victor Wanyama: From Glasgow Celtic To Southampton 12 Million Pounds.
Kevin Prince Boateng: From Ac Milan To Schalke O4.
Gervinho: From Arsenal To Roma 8 Million Pounds.
Mehdi Benatia: From Udinese To Roma 13.5 Millions Pounds.
Mubarak Wakaso: From Espanyol To Rubin Kazan 6 Million Pounds.
Benoit Assou Ekotto: From Tottenham To Qpr (Loan).
Aurelien Chedjou: From Lille To Galatasary 6 Million Pounds.
Wilfred Bony: Vitesse Arnhem To Swansea 12 Millions Pounds.
Stephane Sessegnon: From Sunderland To Westbrom 6 Million Pounds.
Some Notable Deadline Day Transfers In Europe
Gareth Bale: World Record Fee Of 85.5 Million Pounds From Tottenham To Real Madrid.
Mezut Ozil: From Real Madrid To Arsenal 42.2 Million Pounds.
Marouane Fellaini: From Everton To Manchester United 27.5 Million Pounds.
James Mc Carthy: From Wigan To Everton 12 Million Pounds.
Gareth Barry: From Manchester City To Everton (Loan).
Romelu Lukaku: From Chelsea To Everton (Loan).
Erik Lamela: From Roma To Tottenham 30 Million Pounds.
Andyson Ogugua Smith
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