Struggling Turkish side Caykur Rizespor dropped Nigerian defender Godfrey Oboabona from the starting line up for the first time this season as they slumped to a 1-2 loss to Bursaspor.
Prior to tonight’s game, the 26 year old defender has played in all of their 12 games this season but watched the entire proceedings of today’s game from the bench.
Coach Hkmet Karaman juggled his squad as he bids to return them back to winning ways following an indifferent start to the season, and the Nigerian was the odd man out.
26 year old Oboabona has not been in his best form lately with three yellow cards to his name from just 11 games this season, and Rizespor have only kept one clean sheet in the game he has played.
Although in his absence, they lost to Bursaspor, his omission from the starting line up could hamper his chances of staging a return to the Nigeria senior national team.
Coach of the Nigerian team Gernot Rohr will visit Turkey next year to keep a close watch on the Nigerian players in the league, in view of giving them a call up to the Super Eagles in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.