‘More Eagles Will Join Mikel, Ighalo In China’
Nigerian striker Abiola Dauda says more top players will join Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye in the Chinese league very soon.
Mikel joined Tianjin TEDA in January and was followed by Brown Ideye, while Ighalo left Watford for Changchun Yatai F.C.
Greece based Dauda says footballers have the right to decide where they play.
"A player has the right to do what is best for himself and his family, and clubs operate in the same way. If a club can make or save money from moving a player on then they will generally do so,” he told Tribal football.com
"I am sure Ighalo would have spent a long time carefully considering it, because he did very well at Watford. In the end he's taken a great opportunity and I wish him all the very best with it.
"Generally, I think more high profile players will make the trip to China, because the standard is improving and the rewards can be high, but the clubs there have a limit on foreign players so they will look to retain a Chinese core to their squads.
"I am sure that the long term ambition in China is to improve the Chinese national team so that they can compete at the World Cup."
Mikel, Ighalo and Ideye were all snubbed by coach Gernot Rohr ahead the Super Eagles’ friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso later in March.