Enyimba of Aba defender, Valentine Ozornwafor has become the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) club’s second player in the under-20 national team, Flying Eagles excused to hold transfer talks ahead of the summer window, as he was allowed to travel to Istanbul to finalise his switch to Glatasaray of Turkey.
In pursuant to reports that Henry Onyekuru’s club are keen on signing Ozornwafor this summer, officials of the Flying Eagles have allowed their assistant captain to skip camp for a while, in order to seal a deal with Galatasaray.
Ozornwafor, thus, follows in the footsteps of fellow-Enyimba defender, Ikouwem Udoh Utin, who was last week allowed to travel out of the under-20 team’s camp in Germany for talks with Maccabi Haifa of Israel.
However, while Utin’s trip to The Land of Milk & Honey meant the Flying Eagles’ skipper missed the team’s opening match of their build-up spell in Germany, being a 3-3 draw with the under-23 squad of SC Frieburg, Ozornwafor left for Turkey only after starring in Sunday’s international friendly against Saudi Arabia.
The 19-year-old was one of three players that impressed in Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to the Saudis, and he was allowed to leave on arrival with the team back in Munich, from where he connected another flight to Turkey.
Galatasaray want to seal a deal for Ozornwafor before the Flying Eagles’ trip to Poland for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, as they believe the towering central defender’s price would escalate once he shines at the tourney.
This comes after Ozornwafor’s club, Enyimba accepted Galatasaray’s offer of €350,000 for the in-form stopper, whose medical and unveiling in Istanbul were both fixed for Tuesday evening.