3rd June, 2011
With just 48 hours to Nigeriaâ€™s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, P.M.Sportsonline gathered that attacking midfielder; Kalu Uche has left the Super Eaglesâ€™ camp in Abuja.
The forward asked for, and was granted permission by coach Samson Siasia this evening, to return to Spain, where he is expected to sign for a new club.
Kaluâ€™s Almeria finished bottom of the Spanish La Liga at the end of the just concluded season and were relegated to the Segunda division.
The Nigerian star, who has no intention of playing in the lower division, has received offers from interested clubs and he told the coaches he needed to be in Spain to assess the offers and make a decision for the new season.
â€œHis club has just been relegated and he informed us that he had got a call asking him to come and look at some offers that are on the table for him,â€ Siasia said as the Eagles get set to depart their Abuja camp for Ethiopia this evening.
â€œHe is a very important player for us but we had to consider his career and after discussions with the other coaches, we felt it was right to let him go and sort out himself.â€
However, Kaluâ€™s departure, according to coach Siasia, will not deplete the Eagles, and he would not call up any replacement for the elder brother of Ike Uche, the Zaragoza youngster who netted a brace for Nigeria in the 4-1 defeat of Argentina in Abuja on Wednesday.
ByÂ Tunde Oyedele