Warri Wolves captain, Azubuike Egwuekwe has revealed why he turned down the chance to move to clubs in the top divisions in Israel and South Africa in January.
Egwuekwe had the chance to join PSL side Bidvest Wits in South Africa and also came close to signing for Hapoel Tel Aviv, who even unveiled him on their official website before the lanky defender returned to Nigeria.
He explained that those clubs offered him wages which are not satisfactory to him and that led to his decision of returning to Warri Wolves.
The Nigerian defender is of the view that players from the top flight in his country are being under-valued, and wants that trend to change.
“I decided to return to my club Warri Wolves after the offers from teams abroad were not what I hoped for. The clubs were offering me financial terms that I did not like, so I returned to Warri Wolves where I earn a very respectable amount. The clubs also said I should come for trials, as a national team player who has been to the Africa Cup of Nations, World Cup and Confederations Cup, I don’t think that is good for me.
“Seriously our league players deserve respect because a number of us are members of the [Nigerian] national team now. So I think we should be treated better,” he said on Naija Made, a magazine programme on SuperSports.