The media officer of Enugu Rangers Mr Foster Chime has confirmed that their top scorer Ofoedu has travelled abroad for trials without permission, leaving the management of the club livid with anger.
The striker is believed to have travelled to Turkey to train with a yet unknown Super Lig club. This is however coming on the heels of his clubs preparation for their season defining and final game against Sharks next weekend.
Although their destiny are no longer in their hands, Rangers still have a remote chance of winning the league and will be hoping to win the game against Sharks by a large score line while hoping their fellow title contenders Kano Pillars and Lobi Stars lose away to both Sunshine Stars and Kaduna United respectively.
It will be recalled that a while ago, the erstwhile captain of Rangers, James Okwuosa, abandoned his team during their Federation Cup quest to go on trials in South Africa, and despite earlier threats bt the management of Rangers to sanction the player, he was eventually 'rewarded' with a lucrative three year deal with Ajax Cape Town.
This disciplinary laxity on the part of the management of Rangers now seems to be creating a domino effect of the Okwuosa situation, which may have 'inspired' Ofoedu to defy the club, irrespective of their seemingly empty threats to sanction the player.
Expectedly, the club have again threatened to sanction the player by stating that the balance of his sign on fees and other entitlements for the season will be withheld until the player gives them a reasonable explanation for his action.
Fans of the club will no doubt be waiting the see how this new episode of a sad drama will play out.
Ofoedu was signed from Enugu-based amateur side UNTH FC at the beginning of the season, and has gone on to become one of the biggest revelations in the league, having scored 12 goals so far and contributed several assists.
The player had previously been linked with a move to Norwegian giants Rosenberg and despite impressing during trials, the move stalled for undisclosed reasons.