Leopards striker stranded in Nigeria
Black Leopards striker Joshua Obaje remains stranded in Nigeria and could be set to miss a chunk of pre-season, the club has confirmed.
Obaje was on holiday in his hometown of Kaduna in northern Nigeria, when terrorist attacks in the city meant it is now in lockdown.
No flights are allowed out of the airport, leaving Obaje stranded and Leopards without a key player for their CAF Confederation Cup game against Al Merreikh in Sudan on Saturday.
“We have checked with the Nigerian embassy, but they cannot tell us when the ban on flights will be lifted,” Leopards spokesman Tendani Thidiela told SuperSport.com.
“We are hoping to have him back for the second leg of the CAF tie, but at this stage we just cannot say. It is very frustrating for everybody concerned, most of all the player.”
Obaje joined Leopards from Nigerian side Heartland at the start of last season and did reasonably well in his first PSL campaign.
But the loss of Kingston Nkhatha to Kaizer Chiefs means he will have more responsibility this season.