SCORENigeria has learnt that “outrageous” demands by Enyimba may well have scuttled the much-celebrated transfer of striker Christian Obiozor to top South African club Orlando Pirates.
Earlier in the week, it was variously reported that Obiozor, who signed the dotted lines for ‘The Bucs’ last month, won’t be playing for the team after all in the 2017/18 South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
The deal fell through despite the fact that the former Kano Pillars forward had undergone a successful medical and completed necessary formalities to Orlando Pirates.
Management of ‘The People’s Elephant’ gave Pirates permission to approach Obiozor, but the over bloated demands of the Aba side have now become the major snag in the deal.
Obiozor, 22, scored for Pirates on his unofficial debut in a friendly against Amatuks last month.
A top source told ScoreNigeria.com.ng that Enyimba’s outrageous demands has now put the move in serious jeopardy.
“Christian Obiozor immediately put a call across to Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu and sporting director Jude Anyandofu and they vehemently denied having done anything wrong in making the deal fall through,” the source told ScoreNigeria.com.ng
The player has been left devastated by this latest development.
“Obiozor isn’t happy with the development, having signed for ‘The Bucs’ and scored in pre-season too. As it is the young man is devastated and currently not himself,” the source revealed.
“Rumours of him failing medical is something he couldn’t really take. How can a player who was certified as fit as a fiddle be declared unfit by peddlars of rumours?”
However, the source has not completely ruled out the deal coming back on even though clubs in Belgium and Norway are also monitoring the striker’s situation.
“There are things that need to be sorted out, but I think the deal could be back on the cards,” he said.
“His representatives and all parties involved will look into his situation.”
According to ScoreNigeria.com.ng, the striker was spotted at the National Stadium in Surulere on Tuesday training with an academy team.
By Ademetan Abayomi