By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria goalkeeper Austin Ejide has announced his departure from Hapoel Be'er Sheva, three years after he joined The Camels from Hapoel Petah Tikva, confirming completesportsnigeria.com's earlier report that he would not be offered a new deal.
Ejide had reportedly reacted angrily to our report, because he was said to be in talks with the club regarding a new contract.
But the Super Eagles star told Sports Walla that he did not sign a new deal with Hapoel Be'er Sheva because he was not in the plans of the new coach for next season, debunking rumours that his wage demands were not met.
“Hapoel Be'er Sheva say we broke up because of financial gaps? This is a lie. They came and told me the new coach did not want me,” Ejide told Sports Walla.
“That’s the real reason. There is no connection to contacts we had. I never asked for more money.”
“I leave on vacation now and then probably will find a club overseas. I can only say my departure is not related to money.
“The club may not choose me, no one will kill somebody because I leave the club, but we have to tell them the real reasons before I go.
“I am separated from Be'er Sheva and in particular from Elisha Levy, who is a good person and a good coach. The new coach’s decision, I’d rather not talk about.”