Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2004



FIFA bans Chukwu Ndukwe, former Super Eagles striker, indefinitely

ormer Super Eagles striker Chukwu Ndukwe has come under the heavy axe of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) over failed contractual obligations, the world soccer body reported in the August edition of its magazine.


Ndukwe who took on the name Raphael when he moved over to South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns from Udoji United in the mid 1990s, according to FIFA has been “suspended from all football activities until further notice with immediate effect”.

FIFA said in the magazine that Ndukwe “has failed to abide by his contractual obligations to his employer, Turkish club, Caykur Rizespor and has left the club (while) his whereabouts are currently unknown”.

The former Udoji United player whose last appearance for the Super Eagles was at the final of the Ghana/Nigeria 2000 Nations Cup in Lagos where he scored Nigeria’s first goal against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, it could be recalled was loaned to Bari of Italy by Sundowns but the deal fell through.

He went on from there to Turkey, also on loan but according to FIFA he has failed to stay with the club which may have prompted the Turkish team to petition the world soccer body which has subsequently wielded its big axe on him.

Ndukwe’s predicament follows that of Uche Akubuike, a former Super Eagles stand-in goalkeeper whose sojourn in South Africa has also landed him in trouble, a jail term for failing to remember the name of his South African wife.

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