This Day (Lagos)

5 February 2003

Nigeria: Babangida Returns to Ajax

Lagos — Tijjani Babangida has exclusively told www.kickoffnigeria.com that he will resume training with the second team of Ajax Amsterdam next week Monday after a short holiday in Nigeria.

"I have been baby sitting 100% since I came back from Saudi Arabia," said Babangida, who became a father late last year. "I am yet to sign for another club after what happened in Saudi but I hope very soon I could be back playing again."

The pacy winger has been declared wanted by Ajax who have lost contact with the player for some time now.

"Yes, one of the officials at the club told the press that it is much easier to see George Bush (US President) than to know where I am," Babangida said jokingly. With the closure of the transfer window on Friday, Babangida's hopes of playing very soon will now be most likely in Asia. "I turned down a chance to play in Dubai and Qatar because they were not ready to pay me what I demanded. "I still have more years to play this game at the highest level and very soon I will be back playing at my best again."

He has, however, put a stop to his international career after it came to an abrupt end when he was not considered for a place in the country's party to the World Cup last summer. "I have left that stage for the younger players but I will continue to show I still have something to offer the game by playing for a top club again," he said.

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