Sunshine Stars Spits Fire, Says Oboabona Is Too Big For Trials At Arsenal

Godfrey-OboabonaGodfrey Oboabona might not be going to English Premier League side, Arsenal anytime soon if the position of his Nigerian club Sunshine Stars of Akure is anything to go by.

It was reported that Arsenal have offered to take the £1m-rated Eagles centre-back on trial at the Emirates following his impressive performance at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

But officials of Sunshie Stars of Akure have strongly opposed the idea of trials for Oboabona, saying he is too big to undergo trials at Arsenal or any other club.

“We’ve not been informed by anybody about any plans for Oboabona to undergo trials at Arsenal”, Mike Idoko, Executive Director of Ondo State Football Agency, OSFA, the controlling organ of Sunshine Stars Football Club, reacted to the news.

“However, it is unthinkable for anyone to assume Oboabona can go on trials at Arsenal. This is a player who has featured in more than 75% of the senior national team’s matches in the last one year.

“He won the African Cup of Nations just last month and played in all the games, starting from the qualifiers.

“So far he has been a key member of the Super Eagles fighting for the 2014 FIFA world Cup qualification ticket. So its either a straight contract or nothing because we cannot accept any trial arrangement”, Idoko stressed.


  1. Mr chairman director don’t be an obstacle on Godfreys way,if Arsenal wants a trial with him then it will boost his CV even if his not signed.He cant get beta than this so dont talk rubbish,Arsenal is a big club n dont use ur sunshine status to deter the young man.

  2. What exactly is the loss if he goes for a trial? Am assuming the people inviting him will ;pay for his t fare and upkeep?

    If it is simply about ego, please allow him to go for his trial o… it can only be positive cos he is a very good player

  3. Yeah he is too big for trial let him go for a straight contract a senior national team player and a continetal cup winner is too big for trial Arsenal alway give up big plsayers because of there trial demand same like what happened to zlatan ibrahimovic that rejected arsenal trial at 17 Godfrey go for a straight contract not a trial

  4. Must he go for trials? If Arsnal isnt convince from his perfomance here in Nigeria they should forget about him, Other clubs will go for him in summer. Do they test other players they buy from other contries? Like Spain, england, Ivory coast and togo E.T.C.