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EXCLUSIVE: NIGERIA U-17 DUO MISS OUT ON MOVE TO ROMA

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The Nigeria U-17 WYC winning duo of Kingsley Michael and Orji Okonkwo won’t be joining Serie A giants AS Roma according to an official of their nursery team, Football Academy Abuja.

“We called both of them after the World Cup, sat down with them and proposed a contract to them, clearly stating what they will earn in Spezia which is a stepping stone to Roma” Aliyu Mohammed told Owngoalnigeria.com.

“Roma will assess them for six months at Spezia and if they had agreed to follow us to Italy where we went for a youth tournament they would have moved to Roma this summer from Spezia.

“They left and told us they will get back to us, till date no word from them and I can tell you in their space Roma picked five players from our team”.

On the recent relationship between the Abuja Academy and Serie A side Roma, the soft spoken official said it’s due to the success of Sadiq Umar and Nura Abdullahi.

“We cashed in on the success of Sadiq and Nura to forge a relationship with them although via Spezia from where they got Sadiq and Nura, simple put, we supply to Spezia, Roma pick from them after six months”.