'Let him leave and not return' - RFU Ethics Committee member blasts Super Eagles star

Published: July 15, 2022
'Let him leave and not return' - RFU Ethics Committee member blasts Super Eagles star

Andrey Sozin, a member of the RFU ethics committee, has shared his thoughts on the transfer of Chidera Ejuke to German Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin.


On Wednesday, July 13, Hertha Berlin confirmed the signing of the Nigeria international on a season-long loan deal.


For the transfer to go through, Ejuke invoked the FIFA rule permitting foreign footballers and coaching staff from the Russian Premier League to unilaterally suspend their contracts at Russian clubs until the summer of 2023.


In 55 appearances for CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League, the former SC Heerenveen man tallied ten goals while assisting six others.


Sozin is not losing sleep over the departure of the Nigerian from the Russian Premier League, and highlighted that the striker has not been up to scratch in terms of his goal contribution.


"I did not expect the current generation of foreigners, which includes Ejuke, to put their interests and finances below the team," Sozin said to Championat.com.


"The times when Vagner Love left and returned at the mere request of Giner are over. We don't have such players anymore - and this says a lot about the poor selection work.


"Gajić who doesn't know how to score, Fuchs who played three matches in two years... Ejuke is better, but what did he do for CSKA? Scored 10 goals? Let him leave and not return".


Barring any new development, Ejuke is expected to return to CSKA Moscow ahead of the 2023-2024 season as no purchase clause was included in the deal taking him to Hertha Berlin.


The 24-year-old is under contract with the Army Men until June 30, 2024.


Ifeanyi Emmanuel


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