Nigeria Professional Football League legend, Victor Okemka Ezeji has lambasted NPFL stars who in recent times have been toiling the whole of North Africa and Europe in search of greener pastures.
Reports about failed transfer deals involving last season’s league top scorer, Godwin Obaje who featured for Wikki Tourists FC and Most Valuable Player of the league, Rangers International’s Chisom Egbuchulam, have circulated the media and Ezeji says he finds such news disturbing, disappointing and degrading.
“I think the mentality of our players need to be worked on and this is part of my job at the LMC as Player Relationship Advisor. I’ll need to change the orientation of these players. It’s disappointing to hear that top players like Obaje who was top scorer last season and Chisom, would go from one part of North Africa to Eastern Europe or Turkey chasing clubs everywhere; that’s not supposed to be the case. Our players should get a clear understanding that clubs are the ones to be chasing them around for their signatures, and when both parties agree, they can go for medicals, and then put pen to paper”, Ezeji told aoifootball.com.
Both Godwin Obaje and Chisom Egbuchulam are back home and are reeling from the failure to pen down deals after weeks of trials and dillydallying abroad. For Victor Ezeji, who in the past played for Tunisian outfit Club Africain, Nigerian players must clearly understand they need to value themselves so as not to be portrayed as cheap commodities.
“The era we depict ourselves as cheap and desperate, should be over”, the former Enyimba FC goal poacher concluded.
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