August 9, 2013

Arsenal trials: Ikpeba slams Oboabana’s decision

Godfrey Oboabona

By Patrick omorodion

*Idoko says it’s in order
FORMER African Footballer of the Year and Super Eagles forward, Victor Nosa Ikpeba has described as unwise the decision of Godfrey Oboabana to shun the request of Arsenal FC of London coach, Arsene Wenger to to appear for trials in the club.

Ikpeba, fondly called Prince of Monaco in his playing days at FC Monaco, told Brila FM radio monitored in Lagos that the Sunshine Stars and Super Eagles defender should have heeded the request and availed himself the opportunity to prove his mettle at the London club.

Godfrey Oboabona

Godfrey Oboabona

Stressing that Oboabana may have proved to be a reliable defender for the Eagles since his debut, the Delta-born ex player turned football analyst said that the way European coaches see European and South American players is quite different from the way they see players from Africa.

“It is true that Oboabana won the Nations Cup with the Eagles but it is not enough for him to move straight into any team in Europe. He should have gone to Arsenal for the trials, play with the team and see how he can fit in,”Ikpeba stressed.

Speaking on the same issue also on Brila FM, Mike Idoko, the Executive Director of Ondo State Football Agency that manages the Akure side where Oboabana plays, said that the trial was unnecessary, querying, “If he (Oboabana) were to be an European that won the Nations Cup, will they (Arsenal) ask him to come for trials.”

Idoko insisted that the Eagles defender has proved himself and has played over 75% of the Eagles matches as well as played the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup with Sunshine Stars and therefore should not be subjected to any form of trials, stressing, “It is not about the price, we just want the best for our player.”