This Day (Lagos)

20 February 2013

Nigeria: Sunshine Slams N210 Million Fee On Oboabona

Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure has placed a new value of a million Euros (N210) on Godfrey Oboabona, who shone like a million stars at the recent AFCON.

Chairman of Ondo State Football Agency (OSFA) Segun Adegunodo said the Sunshine Stars skipper did well with Eagles and as such his valuation has risen.

He said, "Oboabona did well with national team and we are happy for him. We know he will not want to play in the local league again after attaining that level, and so we won't stop him.

"But his value has risen and he is now in the region of between 800,000 and a million Euros."

Oboabona, Mikel Obi and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama were the only players who played all the minutes as the Super Eagles flew all the way to their third Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa.

He is on the wanted list of clubs in Germany, Ukraine, South Africa and Turkey.

Similarly, several EPL clubs including Liverpool, Swansea and Sunderland are hot on the heels of Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose who was part of Eagles' back-four line up like Oboabona.

The Celtic star, who won the recent Nations Cup with Nigeria, is on the radar of several English Premier League clubs with the latest being Sunderland, according to Scotman.com

The Nigeria international joined Celtic on a three-year deal from FC Ashdod in Israel in the summer on a bargain fee of about £1.5m.

Swansea and Liverpool are the other EPL teams reported to be interested in the versatile Nigeria star, who can play at right back, defensive midfield or in central defence.

The Kaduna-born player is said to be happy with life at the Scottish giants, but his manager Neil Lennon has admitted that there are a handful of clubs tracking Ambrose's progress.

Ambrose was named on the official 2013 AFCON team of the tournament by CAF and has scored two goals for Celtic so far.

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