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The Enugu side have declared their top striker AWOL after he traveled unofficially to Turkey last Sunday

Enugu Rangers has declared their top striker, Chikeluba Ofoedu wanted and suspended him in absentia for travelling on trials to Turkey without permission.

Ofoedu travelled to Turkey to train with an undisclosed club and the management is angry that he did not deem it fit to tell them that he wants to leave.

Rangers media officer, Foster Chime told Goal.com that Ofoedu"s behaviour is tantamount to a player who is not ready to make sacrfices for his team with just one game to go in the Nigeria Premier League.

"We discovered on Sunday that he is no longer in Enugu and that he has travelled to Turkey. There was no official permission for him to travel," Chime said.

"We have our last game against Sharks in the Nigeria Premier League next week and he won't be part of the squad. We have reported the matter to the Nigeria Premier League and we hope they will do something about it.

"The balance of the 2012 sign on fees and other entitlements are being witheld until he gives us genuine reasons why he will travel before the end of the season.

"But I must say that the football authorities should do something about players going to trials when they like. And they should also make sure that the season ends in good time so that players will not run into problem travelling for trials when the season is still on.

"His absence will not affect us in the last game of the season against Sharks because the remaining players are raring to go," Chime added.

Ofoedu with 12 goals this season is not the only player that will be missing from the line up on the last day of the Nigeria Premier League. Captain James Okwuosa is also out in South Africa to join Ajax and will be part of that game against Sharks at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

Rangers are third on the NPL log with 61 points.



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