One of Nigeria’s few shining stars at the ongoing CHAN 2016 championship before they got knocked out, Chisom Chikatara has joined Moroccan club, Wydad Casablanca from Abia Warriors.
This move has made some stakeholders of Nigerian football quite sad. One of those not impressed by the transfer is one time African footballer of the year, Victor Ikpeba.
The Prince of Monaco who is now a member of Nigerian Football Federation’s technical committee, Victor Ikpeba has described the 21-year-old’s move as ‘saddening’.
Speaking to footballlive.ng, he had this to say:
” It saddens me when I see someone like Chisom sign for a team in Morocco; why Morocco, Tunisia or Egypt. If they don’t have the opportunities to go abroad they should stay put here in Nigeria.
” We know sponsors are not putting Money in our league; if our league is very buoyant with enough money I don’t see why these players would want to go abroad.
“At the end of the day if you go to Morocco and you are not doing well, after 6 months they’ll cancel your contract,” Ikpeba said.
Ikpeba however congratulated the striker for the move.
” Its going to be tough to get used to new athletes, style of life – to cope with these North African players will take some time. I’m happy for him though. I congratulate him but I don’t really think the Moroccan league is better than our league.”