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Oboabona, not for Arsenal trial – Idoko

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table-toppers, Sunshine Stars, have said it will not allow its captain, Godfrey Oboabona to go on trial at English giants, Arsenal.

Sunshine Stars made it clear it will only do a deal with Arsenal if it is willing to hand the defender a straight contract.

According to a report in English newspaper, The Sun, last week, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has “handed a trial to Nigeria international defender Godfrey Oboabona.”

But the Nigerian club has now reacted to the test offer for Oboabona from Arsenal through its coordinator, Mike Idoko.

Idoko also revealed that there have been no contact from the London club.

“How can we send a first-team player of our country’s senior national team for trial?” Idoko began with a query, while talking to

“The world has seen Oboabona play at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa where he featured in all of Nigeria’s game till they won the trophy, so we won’t send him on trials. I want to believe Arsenal has sent for him to have a medical rather than a trial.

“There are several offers from other English clubs, which have been impressed with his performances for Nigeria and that’s why we believe he will sign straightaway than be given a trial. For now, there’s been no contact from Arsenal to us,” Idoko told

However, a spokesperson of Arsenal, who was contacted for further clarification on the development concerning the 22-year-old Nigerian defender, said the London club cannot comment on the speculation at this time.

“As a club we do not comment of speculation, given the number of player moves both in and out of the club that we’re linked to. With that in mind we announce anything only when it is official, through,” said a club spokesman.

The Nigerian defender is valued at £1 million by football transfer experts.

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