Former Rivers United forward Ishaq Rafiu officially unveiled as NK Maribor new player

Former Rivers United forward Ishaq Rafiu officially unveiled as NK Maribor new player

Nigeria Professional Football League winner in 2021/22 campaign and former Rivers United forward – Rafiu Ishaq has officially been unveiled by Slovenian club – NK Maribor as their new player.Former Rivers United forward Ishaq Rafiu officially unveiled as NK Maribor new player

The Super Eagles player, who helped Rivers United in winning the NPFL title last season, made the decision to join the Slovenian top tier team two months ago in pursuit of a new challenge.

The 21-year-old striker, a former 3SC and Remo Stars player, agreed to a three-year deal with NK Maribor as reported by Footballrover.

However, Ishaq Rafiu failed to switch to the Slovenian side after a press statement by the Management of Rivers United claimed that the forward remains their Player despite the transfer move and visa related issues.

The full statement reads;

The attention of the Management of Rivers United football club of Port Harcourt has been drawn to a fictitious report being circulated in a section of the social media suggesting that our player Ishaq Rafiu Kayode has left the club. Ishaq Rafiu Kayode is still a bonafide player of Rivers United FC as his contract with the team is still valid and as such any purported transfer without the knowledge and consent of Rivers United FC will only be a breach of contract.

As a club, we are not aware of any such purported transfer as the player only absconded from the club and this position has been made known to FIFA thus any acquisition of the player without our consent is null and void. It is important to also note that Rivers United FC remain the only club that can release the said player to any other club when the proper things are done.”

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After finally being unveiled as NK Maribor new player, the forward couldn’t hide the excitement of plying his trade in Europe as he told the club website;

Knowing that I will be playing in Europe for the first time is a dream come true. I was active during the visa process and did not miss any training. I’m happy to be here and can start working straight away.”

Rafiu Ishaq is only one of many Nigerian youngsters who have demonstrated that their country is a talent hotspot, and he earned a name for himself by leading Rivers United to secure their first NPFL title victory in the 2021/22 campaign.

I’m excited to be here finally. It took a very long time, but I am happy that I became part of @nkmaribor. This is indeed another step in my journey to be a great player, I will give my best and help my team to achieve greatness.” – he wrote on his twitter page.

Rafiu Ishaq, who scored 14 league goals in his previous season with Rivers United, also managed to earn his Super Eagles debut earlier in May, despite the Eagles’ loss to Mexico in the friendly game.

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