From Shemmy Sholabomi, Cape Town
Prominent clubs in the South African Premier Soccer League have signified interest in signing some Nigerian players who played for the Super Eagles at the just-concluded African Nations Championship.
Top among the players expected to sign for the PSL clubs include player of the tournament Ejike Uzoenyi and defenders Azubike Egwuekwe and Solomon Kwambe. The trio did not return with the national to Nigeria on Sunday.
The clubs which had been jostling for Nigerian players after Bafana Bafana lost to Eagles in the last group stage of the competition, now have the opportunity to invite some of them for proper negotiations, according to a source in the Eagles camp.
Coach Stephen Keshi also confirmed this during an interview with journalists that covered the competition while some of the South African journalists also showered praises on the players for putting up extra-ordinary effort in spite of their short preparations and hitches encountered by the team towards the event.
Information had it that clubs like Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, Free State Stars and Supersport United are at the forefront of the clubs desperate for Nigerian players’ signatures.
“During the competition, we saw some club officials trying to get valuable information on Nigerian players but the camp rules did not allow them to really get close to the players. There were strict rules that no player should move out of the camp on personal interest,” the source said.
But some of these players were already in contact with South African clubs through their agents who were in the country to watch the competition and they just need to formalize things and keep the ball rolling after the CHAN event.