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Gambo in a new twist

The protracted transfer of Kano Pillars striker, Gambo Mohammed, to Tunisian giants, Club Africain has taken a new dimension as the striker has come out to say he has not signed for any club yet.

Media reports in Nigeria earlier in the week quoted Kano Pillars management to have issued a statement to the fact that the burly hitman, who was on target in Nigeria's 4-1 win over Ivory Coast in a Chan 2014 qualifier in Kaduna, has signed a three-year deal with the Tunisian giants.

However in a new twist, Gambo has rejected claims that he has signed a contract with Club Africain and says he is still a bona fide player of Kano Pillars.

Supersport.com can exclusively reveal that indeed there was a meeting between Kano Pillars management, Gambo and his agent and that a deal was agreed in principle, but nothing was signed.

A source close to the player revealed to supersport.com that the player had indeed agreed to join up with Club Africain but did not sign a pre-contract agreement as earlier reported by various media outlets.

"Gambo has agreed verbally to join up with the Tunisian club, he and his agent were satisfied with the financial aspect of the deal, but for some reasons he didn't sign formally," the source revealed.

"In fact, there were about five clubs that were interested in him, two from Africa and the rest from the Middle East, but the Tunisian deal seemed appropriate for Kano Pillars and Gambo's representative."

Gambo, who has been on trials in Turkey last summer and on the radar of a host of clubs in Egypt and the Middle East, will be effectively ruled out of the return leg against the Ivorians if it came to fruition that he has indeed signed for Club Africain.

The Chan is solely for players based in the national league of their country and Pillars are aware of the situation.

"I think the snag here is that Pillars and Keshi hold the ace, If Keshi insists he wants Gambo to be part of the return leg, then the player might sign eventually after the game, but that has not happened yet," the source said.

Stephen Keshi had earlier been quoted by Super Eagles scribe Dayo Enebi Achor as saying that the tall striker has denied signing for the the Tunisian team and as such considers himself available for the return leg.

The Super Eagles defeated the Elephants of Ivory Coast 4-1 in a first leg Chan 2014 qualifier at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna. The second leg will hold on the weekend of July 20 and 21.

The winners of this encounter will go on to qualify for the tournament proper to be staged in South Africa in January 2014.


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