In an unexpected twist, Super Eagles goalkeeper John Noble has made a bold decision to leave the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) and the CAF Champions League behind, opting to join Tanzanian Premier League side Tabora United.
The 30-year-old shot-stopper, who was a key figure in Enyimba FC’s NPFL title-winning campaign, signed a one-year deal with Tabora United, with the possibility of an extension based on his performances throughout the upcoming season.
John Noble’s move to Tabora United marks a significant shift in his career as he takes on a new challenge with the newly promoted Tanzanian team.
Formerly known as Kitayosce, Tabora United is setting its sights high for the upcoming season, and they believe Noble’s expertise will be a vital asset in their quest for success.
This transfer comes as a surprise to many, as John Noble was expected to play a crucial role in Enyimba FC’s campaign in the 2023/2024 CAF Champions League.
Nigerian goalkeeper John Noble (30) moves from Enyimba FC to Tabora United in Tanzania.
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However, the lure of new opportunities and challenges in Tanzania seems to have swayed the talented goalkeeper.
John Noble was part of the Super Eagles squad that competed in the Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Cameroon in early 2021.
Despite his contributions to the national team’s success, he faced a disappointing setback when he was excluded from subsequent fixtures due to unresolved bonus payments.
This may have played a part in influencing his decision to seek a fresh start abroad.
Enyimba FC, the club Noble leaves behind, acknowledges his invaluable contributions in helping them secure their ninth NPFL title.
The departure of their captain and goalkeeper raises questions among fans. Some speculate that contractual matters or personal ambitions could be driving forces behind the move, while others wonder about the possible impact on Enyimba FC’s upcoming campaigns.