Nigerian Footballer Sylvester Igbonu Terminates Contract With Russian Club After Four Weeks
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By Our Correspondent
The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine have taken its toll on Nigerian football player, Sylvester Igbonu who have terminated his contract with FK Nizhny Novgorod in Russia four weeks after he signed a one-year deal with the club.
He was the first Nigerian footballer to leave the Russian Premier League as a result of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The former Midtjylland midfielder took advantage of a FIFA rule that allows players to suspend or terminate their contracts tied to Ukrainian and Russian clubs for the rest of the 2021/22 season.
Speaking on the development, Igbonu said: “It was difficult for me to terminate my deal after one month, but I could not leave with the fear my family had over me playing in Russia.
“People being reportedly killed every day was not pleasant news at all. On social media and on TV it’s news about the invasion. My family’s constant calls made me have a rethink about my stay in Russia.
“One of my teammates’ deal was suspended while some players in other Russian clubs had their contracts suspended as well.”
“Nobody is happy with what is happening here and in Ukraine and we don’t know how long the war will last. Playing football in Russia is not like it used to be,” Igbonu added.
“If there is life there’s hope. I believe I will get another team and continue my career. Reports about footballers leaving their clubs are gradually having a big impact on the league.”