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JAMES AGBEREBI profiles seven former Super Eagles stars who returned from greener pastures abroad and featured once more within the Nigerian home soccer league which as soon as served as springboard for plying their commerce overseas.
Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa is again within the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and has signed for former membership Kano Pillars.
Musa might be with Pillars till the top of the 2020-2021 soccer season.
The former Leicester and CKSA Moscow’s return to the NPFL has been endorsed by soccer followers, coaches and directors, as they consider it’ll assist the picture of the league.
Musa minimize his soccer enamel at GBS Football Academy who loaned him to Jos facet JUTH FC earlier than Kano Pillars the signed him in 2009, and was loaned to Dutch facet VVV Venlo in 2011 after and spectacular efficiency for the Flying Eagles at 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. CSKA then landed the service of the speedy ahead in 2012.
The late Rashidi Yekini kicked off his skilled profession with UNTL Kaduna earlier than shifting on to function for the likes of Shooting Stars, Abiola Babes and Africa Sports in Cote d’Ivoire.
Yekini then moved to Europe the place he turned out for Vitoria Setubal, Olympiacos, Sporting Gijon, FC Zurich, Bizerte (Tunisia) and Al-Shabab.
After his European sojourn, Yekini returned to the Nigerian league and performed for Julius Berger (2002-2003).
Aside from that includes in Berger’s league fixtures, he additionally took half of their marketing campaign within the now defunct CAF Cup Winners’ Cup the place they bought to the ultimate and misplaced to Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel. Yekini missed each legs of the ultimate on account of damage.
After leaving Berger he went on to signal for Gateway in 2005 and scored seven objectives in 26 appearances.
Fondly referred to as ‘The Bull’
, Daniel Amokachi started his soccer profession in Nigeria when he performed for Ranchers Bees from 1989 to 1990.
He left the shores of Nigeria and signed for Belgian giants Club Brugge the place he spent 4 seasons.
From Club Brugge he proceeded to Everton, Besiktas and Colorado Rapids earlier than returning to Nigeria and joined Nasarawa United in 2005.
Likened to the late Diego Maradona by legendary radio commentator Ernest Okonkwo, Etim Esin signed for prime Nigerian golf equipment like Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland), Flash Flamengoes and Calabar Rovers.
After thrilling the Nigerian followers, Esin headed for Europe and featured for Belgian outfits; AA Gent, Lokoren and Lierse SK.
He left Belgian and headed for Turkey the place he featured for Kayserispor and got here again dwelling the place his profession began and signed for Julius Berger in 1996.
During his time at Julius Berger Esin helped them grow to be champions of the FA Cup.
Esin left Julius Berger and joined Port Harcourt-based Eagles Cement in 1997 the place he featured of their league and CAF Champions League campaigns.
After only one 12 months at Eagles Cement, Esin then headed West and joined Shooting Stars of Ibadan in 1998.
He additionally spent only one 12 months on the membership earlier than finally calling time on his soccer profession.
A veteran of 4 Africa Cup of Nations, plus two FIFA World Cups and an Olympic gold medal winner (Atlanta 1996), Garba Lawal’s first membership was Julius Berger who he featured for from 1993 to 1995.
He left the Bridge Boys and joined Tunisian membership Esperance earlier than heading for Europe to play for Roda, Levski Sofia, Elfsborg and Iraklis.
Also, Lawal turned out for Santa Clara in Portugal, Changsha Ginde and got here again to Nigeria to signal for his former membership Julius Berger in 2007.
During his time at Berger, Lawal scored eight objectives in 18 appearances.
And in 2009 he turned a player-coach at Makurdi facet Lobi Stars and made simply three outings and scored one purpose.
Sani Kaita was a participant of Kano Pillars from 2004 to 2005 earlier than he was snapped up by Dutch facet Sparta Rotterdam.
He left Sparta Rotterdam in 2008 and featured for the likes of AS Monaco, Kuban Krasnodar, Lokomotiv Moscow, Metalist Kharkiv and Olympiakos Nicosia.
In 2014, Kaita was again in Nigeria coaching with Enyimba earlier than becoming a member of them on a three-month mortgage deal.
And in 2015 he moved to FC Ifeanyi Ubah earlier than travelling overseas the next 12 months to signal for Finnish facet JS Heracles.
Dele Aiyenugba kicked off his skilled profession as goalkeeper in Nigeria when he starred for Kwara Stars from 1998 to 2000.
From 2001 to 2007 he was with Enyimba the place he received back-to-back CAF Champions League (2003 and 2004).
Aiyenugba left Enyimba in 2007 and went to Israel the place he performed for Bnei Yehuda, Hapoel Ashkelon, Hapoel Iksal and Hapoel Afula.
After spending 13 years in Israel, Aiyenugba got here again to Nigeria and signed for Kwara United in 2020 the place he’s at present taking part in.
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