Mba to miss CHAN
Super Eagles midfielder, Sunday Mba may not be part of the country’s squad to the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN), if the team qualifies for the the first time.
This follows the revelation by the player that he will join a European club before the summer transfer window dress in August.
Mba also explained that negotiations as regards his club future is being handled by a lawyer known as Barrister Chike Onyeacho.
He distanced himself from anyone making comments on his behalf as regards his move away from Nigeria.
“I am happy that everything has been resolved concerning my career with Warri Wolves and Rangers. Now I can concentrate on my game while my agent negotiates on my behalf. And very soon, I join a big club in Europe and I want to also make it clear that only Barrister Chike Onyeacho is my agent and also my lawyer. He is the only man who has the permission to negotiate and talk on my behalf and no other agent,” said the player, who is on loan from Warri Wolves to Enugu Rangers.
“My major focus is to continue to improve my game until that deal is concluded for me to move abroad soon.”
The 25-year-old has been a subject of a transfer saga between Glo Premier League clubs, Warri Wolves and Enugu Rangers before the issue was resolved last week.
It is expected that Mba will make a summer move to unnamed European club after being linked with Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen and an unnamed Norwegian club.
Such a development would make Mba, ineligible for the championship that is played only by locally based players in all African countries.
Mba, whose move abroad has been delayed over contractual problems is looking forward to plying his trade abroad after resolving the problems surrounding his transfer.
Should his deal even be delayed till next year January as had been earlier suggested, Mba could still be unable to play in the championship which also kicks off in January.
Mba is the second local-based player that was part of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning team who could be missing in action at CHAN next year Sunshine Stars of Akure captain, Godfrey Oboabona hinted to Coach Stephen Keshi on Monday that he might also be ineligible by then.
“I want to make a move very soon. It is the dream of every player here to go to Europe and make a big mark.
“If every one of us leaves today, Nigeria has all it takes to raise another team that can go to CHAN and win the trophy.
“It is our prayer to go and ensure we do our country proud; it is our duty to make our country proud if we eventually qualify. We also pray that in the process of doing this, if offers come, we should not hesitate to jump on it,” Oboabona said on Monday.