“Missing” Sunshine Stars Striker, Israel Abia Found in Enugu
Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL leading goal scorer for this season and Sunshine Stars Striker Israel Abia, who was declared to have gone on absent without leave, AWOL by the Akure clubside on the 31st of December 2019 in a statement released by the team, has signed for Enugu Rangers, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
Abia signed for the Flying Antelopes on Friday evening alongside Kano Pillars defender Ifeanyi Nweke and both players could debut against Abia Warriors this Sunday.
The striker so far this season has scored seven goals including four in a single game against Nasarawa United in a 4-2 win on December 7 but has not played since December 2019.
“Sunshine Stars FC (SSFC) wishes to inform the general public particularly the Clubs in the NPFL about its player, Israel Abia who is presently AWOL.
“Abia has been away from the Club since Sunday without an official leave, while the rest of the group remained in Akure to continue preparations for the upcoming NPFL matches at the turn of the New Year.” the statement read in December.
Meanwhile, despite warning NPFL Teams to desist from dealing with the striker while he was AWOL without approval from the club, Sunshine Stars on Friday evening disclosed that Isreal Abia has joined 2016 champions of the NPFL.
While Sunshine Stars sits in 4th with 25 points from 15 games, Rangers are in 19th with 12 points from 11 games while they have four games outstanding.