Esperance unveil Emem Eduok

Emem Eduok

Former Dolphins FC star, Emem Eduok, has been unveiled by Tunisian club Esperance du Tunis.

Eduok, who has been in Tunis for close to two weeks and had been training with the former African champions, was unveiled alongside two other new signings made by the club.

The two other players that were unveiled alongside Eduok were Hatem Béjaoui and Magno Cruz.      

As customary at unveiling ceremonies, Eduok who was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 Federation Cup and was also amongst the top scorers last season in the Nigerian Premier League with 20 goals to his name, was handed the jersey number (21) he would be donning at his new club.

Before his unveiling, Eduok had been locked in a transfer saga following claims by a Norwegian Club Sarpsborg 08 that the Nigeria international already had a pre-contract agreement with them and threatened to report the striker to the world football governing body, FIFA, for a breach.

The messy transfer deal cost Eduok a place in the Super Eagles team that went on tour of the United Arab Emirates as an angered Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick sent the former Flying Eagles star away from camp, claiming he would be a distraction to the other players then in Abuja preparing for friendly matches with two countries.

Though the NFF President’s action was criticized by many, the country’s number one football figure explained to PREMIUM TIMES in Lagos that it was a step taken in good faith and not to witch-hunt the player as interpreted by some people.

“I remember I called Eduok and Mfon Udoh after the game in Uyo that they should be careful because after doing well in the league they will be swamped upon by agents with series of dubious offers,” the NFF president explained.

An investigation has since been carried out by the NFF on the Emem Eduok’s transfer matter but having failed to pronounce any punishment, the player may have been left off the hook; a development which culminated in the final unveiling by Esperance.

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