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Published On: Thu, Nov 20th, 2014

Flying Eagles’ captain Besiktas move collapses

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The purported move of Flying Eagles captain Musa Mohammed to Turkish outfit, Besiktas, has broken down. Mohammed had this year signed a pre-contract with the Turkish side, with a transfer fee agreed once he turns 18 and signs professionally with the team.

Besiktas called off the move due to the demands of the player’s agent Abba Mohammed, who asked for extra $1m in addition to the agreed sum contained in the pre-contract. Abba Mohammed is a Kano based FIFA agent who owns Matrix, a player transfer agency that transferred former Golden Eaglets striker Chrisantus Macaulay to Hamburg in 2007.

Chrisantus spent four years at Hamburg without making a single first team appearance, before terminating the last year of his contract to secure a move to Spanish Segunda side Las Palmas. He also severed his links with Abba and his management team owing to disagreement over the sharing formula for his wages.

As was the case back then with Chrisantus, Abba got Mohammed to sign pre-contracts with three different sides with a view of going for the highest bidder when he turns 18. A Nigerian transfer newsman Muyiwa Lawal also told, Mohammed’s practice of going for the highest bidder also scuttled the transfer of another of his client, Alhassan Ibrahim to Kalmar of Sweden.

“Musa is in a pathetic situation, same as Alhassan Ibrahim, Kalmar and Besiktas have made it known that unless both players dump Abba Mohammed as their agent, their deal is off,” he said.

However both players are scared of replacing Abba Mohammed as their agent, as it might affect their chances with the Nigeria U-20 team. The agent (Abba Mohammed) is reportedly very close to Manu Garba chief coach of the Nigeria Under-20 team, who oversaw Mohammed progress from the U-17 to U-20.


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