Former winner of the CAF Champions League Victor Ezeji, said Enyimba blocked his move to join a Danish side, in 2003.
Ezeji who spent a whooping 19 years in Nigeria League revealed that, he was signed and unvelied by FC Viborg in Denmark, after his impressive performance with Enyimba that year, but the Aba based side rejected the move, despite Viborg’s willingness to pay more to seal Ezeji’s deal.
“In 2003 when i was with Enyimba, i went to Denmark, Signed and Unveiled by FC Viborg, but Enyimba refused to release me, the club demanded for over 100,000 Euros, and Viborg were willing to pay €150,000, but Enyimba did not release me.”
Ezeji further explained the reason for such decision from the Enyimba board, stating that they had gotten to a crucial stage in the CAF Champions League, while other strikers were injured they had only him as the fit striker to prosecute the remainder of the competition.
” We were in the Champions League, group stage precisely very close to sealing a spot in the CAF Champions League semi-finals, and most of our strikers were injured, leaving them with a little choice to make, that was why they had to keep him to finish the competition.”
Ezeji who was not happy with the decision from Enyimba had to leave after the completion of his contract with them. He joined Dolphins of Port-Harcourt, where he spent 3 seasons. In a Chat with OJBSPORT, Ezeji said, NPFL players who are eager to go abroad should be caught-off some slacks, as the situation in the country football is not favorable for them, reiterating the issues with the non-payment of salaries, plus poor-treatment of players.
“One of the reason why Nigeria players will like to move to some of this obscure countries, is because of the uncertainty attached to their wages as a player, when they will not get paid consistently, that is why they want a greener pasture.”
The former Sunshine Stars player believes Nigeria have got talented players in their folds, but this players are lacking that platform to explore.
Ezeji scored 2 goals representing the Super Eagles of Nigeria in 8 matches, and he is one of the fewest players who spent such a colorful time in Nigeria League.
With the decision to end the NPFL season with the Point-Per-Game method, we are still in a state of oblivion as to when sporting activities will resume in the country.