Official : Columbus Crew decline options on two Nigerian players 

Published: October 26, 2022
Official : Columbus Crew decline options on two Nigerian players 

Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew announced on Wednesday that they have declined their club options on two Nigerian players James Igbekeme and Jalil Anibaba. 


Columbus Crew signed Igbekeme on loan from Spanish Segunda División side Real Zaragoza in the January transfer window for the 2022 MLS season with an option to acquire him on a permanent basis at the end of the campaign.


The midfielder's loan deal with Columbus Crew runs out on December 31, 2022.


He appeared in twenty three matches in the American top-flight, of which eight were starts, and saw his opportunities limited in the last ten games of the season, logging only fifteen minutes. 


Columbus Crew declined the contract option on experienced MLSer Jalil Anibaba and he's now eligible for MLS Free Agency. 


Free Agency is scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 16 and eligible players will be at least 24 years old in the year in which the immediately preceding League Season concluded and have at least five MLS service years.


In the recently concluded season, the former United States U20 international was starved of game time, making only three starts over the course of the campaign. 


The 34-year-old Anibaba has represented MLS clubs Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo, 
New England Revolution and Nashville SC in the past.


Ifeanyi Emmanuel 


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