Roma Grab Nigerian Stars – Report

Italian Serie A club AS Roma have agreed a three-year professional contract for Nigeria youngsters Sadiq Umar and Nura Abdullahi.

“Sadiq and Nura have both agreed a three-year contract with Roma. It will be signed in June,” a source told

Both players have been on loan from Italian Serie B outfit Spezia.

Striker Umar, 19, has made six appearances for the Rome club this season in the league and scored two goals.

His first-team chances have dried up though since the return of coach Luciano Spalletti in January.

However, the Kaduna-born Umar has also been scoring goals for fun for the Roma youth team amid rumours he is wanted by some of Europe’s top guns.

Eighteen-year-old right fullback Abdullahi, on the other hand, has yet to make his Serie A debut, but he is highly rated by Roma.

Meanwhile, Mfon Udoh has signed a new deal that keeps him at Enyimba till February 2019.

“Mfon (Udoh) has signed a new deal with Enyimba till 2019 after his previous deal ended in February,” a source told

“All the documentations have been filed with the league.”

Seven-time Nigeria champions Enyimba are now expected to cash in big time should the striker move overseas before the expiration of this new contract.

The 24-year-old Udoh, who smashed a hat-trick against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in a crunch CAF Champions League second round clash last week, is the all-time top scorer in the Nigeria league with 23 goals.

The former Akwa United star achieved this milestone two seasons ago.

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