Former Nigerian international, Justice Christopher, has disclosed why his move to Manchester City failed.

Former Nigerian international, Justice Christopher, has disclosed why his move to Manchester City failed.

In a chat with former Super Eagles player, Ifeanyi Udeze on Brila FM, Christopher said the transfer failed because he wasn’t playing regularly for the national soccer team.

“I never had so many caps. I was in Belgium when I went to Manchester City with Kevin Keegan in charge. I trained with Shawn Wright-Philips and others, we were there together. And how much was my transfer fee then, it was just £850,000.

“Everything was approved but unfortunately due to the 75 per cent it wasn’t possible and life goes on.

“Immediately after the World Cup I went to Middleborough the same thing again, they said 75 per cent, because I didn’t have enough caps.”


The former Super Eagles player commended present national team coach Gernot Rohr but tasked him to do more to feature home base players more.

“Gernot Rohr has done a good job with the Eagles and I still believe he has more room to improve.

“But I’m happy with what the NFF has offered because I’m a product of the local league. I was fortunate to play with the big boys when I was still playing with Bendel Insurance.

“So for me I see no reason why we will go to a tournament and you will tell me despite that we have great teams like Rangers, Plateau United, Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars, you are telling me players from these teams can’t make the Eagles, then something must be wrong somewhere.”

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