Ekigho Ehiosun, arguably, remains the most prominent Nigerian player in the local league. He has shown great potential even in star studded Super Eagles.
Yesterday, his club, Warri Wolves announced that he was joining a Turkish club for 250,000 euros. Even as loan, the amount underscores the low value of the Nigerian league.
A player of his pedigree in South Africa or North Africa will go for higher fees. Samsunspor is the name of the club. And Warri Wolves must have even negotiated strongly for the club to offer that. By Nigerian standards, players go for less contracts.
The deal took effect from July 11, 2011 and terminates on June 31 2012.
A release by Wolves’ General Manager, media, Timi Ebikagboro states that “management decided to accept the Samsunspor deal ahead of others because the club will be partaking in this season’s UEFA Champions League competition, and we also consulted former Super Eagles goal keeper, Ike Shorunmu who also plied his trade with the Turkish club.”
According to the management the deal gave the Turkish club the right of first refusal at the expiration of the loan period..
While wishing Ehiosun the very best in his foreign endevour, the management said they will be missing his services on and off the field. They described him as a prayer warrior and a highly disciplined player.