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Done Deal: Nigerian Midfielder Joins Anderlecht On Four-Year Contract

Done Deal: Nigerian Midfielder Joins Anderlecht On Four-Year Contract

Belgian Pro League giants Anderlecht have announced the signing of Nigerian midfielder Ishaq Abdulrazak on a four-year contract, reports Complete sports.com.

Abdulrazak, 20, linked up with the former Belgian champions from Swedish outfit,
IFK Norrköping.

The versatile midfielder spent two years with
IFK Norrköping following his arrival from Unity Academy in 2020.

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Abdulrazak is the club’s first signing this summer.

“This is a big step up for me, one that I’m very proud of. I want to prove my worth to the team as soon as possible and I am looking forward to meeting my teammates and the fans,”’he told the club’s official website

Chief Executive Officer, Peter Verbeke is elated with Abdulrazak’s arrival at the club.

“We have been following shaq for quite a while and we are very happy that we can add him to the group now,”Verbeke stated.

“Ishaq has a lot of physical qualities; he is fast, agile, has volume and plays with aggressiveness. On the other hand, he also has a lot of technical abilities, which makes him a versatile player.”

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The Kaduna-born player made 37 league appearances
for the club and scored two goals.

Abdulrazak will get the chance to play in the UEFA Europa League next season.

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  • Abdul Handsy 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you Ishaq!

    I wish you best of luck!

  • Akanlo Ede 2 years ago

    We should invite him to the Super Eagles at once. He is ready to play for Nigeria.

    • @Akanlo Ede Lol hahahaha.. I am in no doubt off his Pontential however think it will be best to allow him settle down there and cement his place in first 11 as well as become a top player there. Then he will be ready for SE don’t you think. Lets have more respect for our National team and Darling Super Eagles

  • Lord AMO 2 years ago

    All the best.  Carry go

  • Another Nigerian academy product that will be deemed not Nigerian enough when the instigating debate of Ex Players kicks off because he is from the Academy and not NPFL.. look how Academy guys sign for meaningful clubs in meaningful football countries, yet NPFL if is not Algeria it is Bulgaria or slovenia clubs

    • BigCole 2 years ago

      You got my ribs cracked lol, to be honest it is very disappointing with the kind of moves the npfl players make when it comes to transfer and its very embarrassing to see their career dying just like that in those countries especially their North Africa (heaven). For the past 8 seasons or so, most of our npfl MVP and Higest goal scorer settles for the North and their career takes downturn from there. The likes of Junior Ajayi, Lokosa, Opotu etc

      • JimmyBall 2 years ago

        It is unfair to laugh and mock NPFL players. The league is a reflection of the state of the country. The same people who are managing and underfunding the league as the same ones who operate football academies scattered all over the place serving as nurseries for established leagues in Europe.

        We can continue to laugh at NPFL players all we want but where survival is necessary, no one can blame the players for making moves to North African leagues that are 20times better-run and more professional than what we have. See the leaps that Ndah in Orlando Pirates have made about his career barely two seasons of leaving NPFL. The pool of talents we look for are at home in the league and the sooner we press for our league to have more sponsorship and TV coverage with solid academies run by each the better for us. It was from NPFL that players like Ikedia, Finidi, Taribo, Amuneke and their likes started from… We cannot abolish local football and any serious country needs to have a serious professional league. Laughing and mocking the players in NPFL who get abused and maltreated yet continue to play in it should be commended and serious advocacy for improvement should be what we push for not mockery of the league and players without pushing for improvement.

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Its not bad enough that North Africa seems to be their heaven, its worse that they never seem to experience any career growth or upward movements thereafter.

        Players like this Ishaq, like Amoo, like Frank Onyeka etc will move straight from Academies back at home in the same country, to decent clubs in mainstream Europe and the Scandinavia, and in another 2-3 years make million dollar moves in upwards transfers to bigger teams in bigger leagues.

        But their many highly talented NPFL players will move to Algeria or Morocco (after using the national team to market them) and in another 2-3 years they are moving to either Zambian or Tanzanian or Saudi 3rd division and before you can even find more information on the clubs they are moving to, they are back in NPFL.

        Very soon, when the likes of Musa, Shehu and Etebo leave the SE, we wouldnt be able to point out of 1 out of 23 players whom we can call bonafide products of the league.

        Its a shame.

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    The “many talents” in the league never get signed up straight away to clubs like Anderlecht or leagues like the Belgian League…NEVER. They seem to be just too talented to attract such clubs. The closest we’ve still got to any of such types of success stories in over a decade still remains Ahmed Musa….and in 2 decades Taiye Taiwo.

    Belgium is surely a fertile ground to nurture youngsters and prepare them for the big leagues. This boy will definitely grow to become a bigger and better player in Belgium.

    With both Anderlecht and Antwerp playing in Europe next season, this kid and Alhassan Yusuf should be primed for the midfield position of our next Olympic team. Paris 2024 is already around the corner. The technical department of the NFF (if it actually does exist) should by now start pooling up, monitoring and possibly simulating what would become an U23 team by next year when the qualifiers begin.

  • If SE coaches have any plan of dominating the Midfield against formidable teams then a midfielder like ishaq is needed in the middle of the park…… Energetic,strong, skillful,and has an eye for key passes…….Ishaq has a unique awareness of where the danger is in the final third……..Once he nails down a shirt at Anderlecht he should be in SE because SE is very flat in Midfield right now…… Ishaq will bring alot of Energy into the Midfield,Clean tackles,and hunger to always be on the ball……With midfielders like ishaq we can dominate the Midfield against good teams.

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    Former Super Eagles striker Jonathan Akpoborie has given the main reason Nigeria football league clubs lack top quality players.

    “…Football development has died in Nigeria. And that is the main reason why Nigerian league clubs lack quality players……”

    “….If you look at the Super Eagles for some time now, it is hard to see players that played in Nigeria league in team as regulars, most of our players in Europe were picked form academies. That’s tells you the standard of our league is really bad. Something drastic needs to be done….”

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      They are beginning to confess the glaring truth we have been telling them all along…..LMAOooo

      Day don dey break small small.

      We will learn….!

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