Nigeria right-back Shehu Abdullahi expressed his delight at joining Turkish Super Lig outfit Bursaspor from Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta after penning a two-and-half-year deal with the Green Crocodiles on Wednesday.
Abdullahi, who joined Anorthosis Famagusta from Portuguese side Uniao da Madeira in 2016, made his last appearance for the Great Lady in their 3-1 defeat of Ethnikos Achnas on Saturday.
The 25-year-old, who has been a revelation under Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr, thus joined his Super Eagles’ teammates Mikel Agu and William Troost-Ekong at the Bursa club.
“It’s OFFICIAL! I’m glad to be here @bursaspor,” the former Kano Pillars star wrote on his Twitter account.
Abdullahi was picked regularly by Rohr for the Eagles’ Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
However, the utility defender commanded attention for all the wrong reasons when his selection for the dead rubber clash against Algeria’s Desert Foxes in Constantine cost Nigeria three points and a $6,000 fine after FIFA ruled that he was ineligible to play the encounter after his suspension for picking up yellow cards in two previous games.
“I thank Anorthosis Famagusta for an amazing journey and very delighted to be a Bursaspor player,” former Kuwait-based Abdullahi, who made 19 league appearances for Anorthosis Famagusta. told BBC Sport.
“I had a wonderful two years at Anorthosis, but now it is time to face a different challenge – a bigger challenge – and I believe I am prepared for it,” KweséESPNquoted the player as saying.
“It was hard for me to leave Anorthosis because I know the club needs me because they want to play in European competition, but that is life. I have to move ahead in my career. Coming here will help me to prepare well for the World Cup.”
In the final year of his contract in Cyprus, he was strongly linked with a move to Birmingham City but opted for Bursaspor.