Bursaspor move delights Eagles defender


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.

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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.