With the 2017/18 European winter transfer window shut, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JOHNNY EDWARD presents a list of Nigerian players who made moves in January…
- Ahmed Musa (Leicester City to CSKA Moscow on loan)
Nigeria winger Ahmed Musa has rejoined Russian club CSKA Moscow on a six-month loan from Leicester City. Musa, who is in his second spell at CSKA Moscow, is expected to revive his ailing career after he failed to make an appearance in the Premier League for Leicester City this season and was restricted to one appearance in the Carabao Cup.
Musa will be included in the Red-Blues’ squad list for the national league and the UEFA Europa League knockout stage.
2.Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco to Cercle Brugge on loan)
Elderson Echiejile joined Belgian First Division B (second-tier) club Cercle Brugge on a six-month loan deal after he cancelled his contract with Turkish club, Sivasspor. Echiejile who left the Turkish side after being restricted to 10 appearances in all competitions (seven Turkish league games and three Turkish Cup games) in the first half of the season, is expected to feature regularly to keep his place in Nigeria’s World Cup squad.
Cercle Brugge currently lead the Belgian First Division B second stage with 23 points from 10 games. Cercle Brugge are owned by French side AS Monaco, the parent club of Echiejile.
The 30-year-old defender, who played for Standard Liege during the 2016/17 season, has also featured for Stade Rennes and SC Braga.
- Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense to Las Palmas on loan)
Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo joined Spanish club Las Palmas on a six-month loan deal from Portuguese club CD Feirense with an option to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old was linked with a move to Portuguese giants FC Porto and Genk of Belgium but preferred the Spanish League. Prior to Etebo’s exit, he featured in 18 games for Feirense this season, scoring four goals. Las Palmas are 19th in the 20-team Spanish La Liga table with two wins, four draws and 15 defeats from 21 games.
- Brown Ideye (Tianjin TEDA to Malaga on loan)
Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye, signed a six month loan deal with Spanish La Liga club Malaga from Chinese outfit Tianjin Teda.
The 29-year-old moved to China from Greek side Olympiakos for a fee in the region of €12 million, but had his playing time limited and was demoted to the reserve team towards the end of last season.
The move will enhance Ideye’s chances of making the Super Eagles squad for their warm up matches in March against Poland and Serbia, as he hopes to make the World Cup team.
- Isaac Success (Watford to Malaga on loan)
Isaac Success became the second Nigerian player to join Spanish La Liga club Malaga CF on a loan this transfer window. He joins Brown Ideye who made a switch from Chinese Super League side, Tianjin TEDA for the rest of the season from English Premier League side Watford,
Success has struggled to secure a regular spot at Watford this season due to injury, having arrived at the club for £11m. He made one appearance in the Carabao Cup for the club this season before his move, playing 45 minutes during the game. He has won one cap for Nigeria, coming on as a substitute against Senegal in March 2017.
- Izunna Uzochukwu (OB Odense To Meizhou Hakka FC)
Nigerian midfielder Izunna Uzochukwu joined Chinese second-tier club Meizhou Hakka FC on a two-year deal. Izunna who previously featured for Danish Super Liga club, Odense Boldklub, has been handed the No. 15 jersey.
- Anthony Ujah (Liaoning FC to FSV Mainz)
Nigeria striker, Anthony Ujah, re-signed for German club FSV Mainz from Chinese club Liaoning FC. The 27-year-old signed a three-and-a-half-year deal until summer 2021. Ujah began his career at Nigerian club Warri Wolves before joining Lillestrom on a four-year deal in February 2010. He also featured for Werder Bremen and Cologne.
- Chidebere Nwakali
Nigerian midfielder, Chidiebere Nwakali has been sent out on six months loan until the end of the season to Scottish side Aberdeen from Manchester City. The 21-year-old former Golden Eaglets star was signed by City in January 2014 and has had previous loan spells in Spain and Norway.
- Nura Abdullahi (AS Roma to Perugia on loan)
Nigerian youngster Nura Abdullahi has joined Italian second division club Perugia on an 18-month loan deal from AS Roma. Abdullahi, who recently recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury last year, is expected to get a chance to feature regularly for 12th-placed Perugia.
The 20-year-old right-back joined Roma’s Primavera squad from Spezia in the summer of 2015 and made 22 appearances for Alberto De Rossi’s Under-19 side, scoring four goals.
- Gbenga Arokoyo, (Atlanta United to Kalmar FF)
Former Nigerian U-20 defender, Gbenga Arokoyo, made a return to the Swedish Allsvenskan league, four years after leaving to sign for Kalmar FF from Major League Soccer club Atlanta United. The 25 year old signed a three-year deal.
Arokoyo had featured for Mjällby AIF during the 2012–2014 season. Kalmar FF also during the January transfer window recently acquired the services of another Nigerian Chima Akas on a free. Akas last featured for Enyimba in the Nigerian Professional Football League
- Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool to Sunderland)
Liverpool youngster, Ovie Ejaria, will spend the rest of the 2017-18 season in the Championship for Sunderland. The 20-year-old midfielder will be a direct replacement for Didier Ndong, who joined Watford on loan, at the Stadium of Light. Ejaria made eight first-team appearances for Liverpool last season, but has been playing for the club’s Under-23s side this term.
- Emmanuel Emenike (Olympiakos to Las Palmas)
Nigerian striker, Emmanuel Emenike, joined Spanish La Liga Santander side, UD Las Palmas, on a six-month loan deal from Greek side, Olympiacos. The club becomes the seventh team the 30-year-old striker will be playing for since joining Karabukspor from Cape Town FC in South Africa. Emenike also played for Fenerbahce, Spartak Moscow, West Ham and Al Ain.
- Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars to Sfaxien Sports Club)
Nigeria striker Kingsley Eduwo joined Tunisian club Sfaxien Sports Club on a three-and-half year contract. Eduwo joined the club from Nigeria Professional Football League club Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi.
The former Sunshine Stars player joins Nigerian midfielder, Kingsley Sokari, at the club. Prior to his move the 22-year-old scored 13 goals for Lobi Stars in the NPFL last season
- Stephen Eze (Kano Pillars to Bulgarian club, Lokomotiv Plodiv)
Home Eagles defender, Stephen Eze joined Bulgarian outfit Lokomotiv Plodiv from Kano Pillars. Eze has played at Lobi Stars, Sunshine Stars and FC IfeanyiUbah.
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