Who will save the unfortunate Nigerian? Ishaq Rafiu ‘cemented’ on sidelines in Maribor, Štajerci offer him to league rivals
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When it became clear that he would continue his career in Europe after a great season in the Nigerian Championship (he was also national champion in 2021/22), two clubs from Slovenia showed interest in him. Ishaq Rafiu was first targeted by Olimpija, but eventually signed for Maribor. Marko Šuler, the Violet’s sporting director, was sure he had a great deal, but…
Ishaq Rafiu has played only 10 games in Ljudski vrt in just over a year. Statistics? Empty! The Nigerian striker is still waiting for his first goal and the question is if he will ever be happy in a purple shirt. Since Ante Šimundža has been in charge of Maribor, Ishaq Rafiu has been sidelined even more. The coaching change in Maribor has brought many new things, but not regarding the status of the 22-year-old footballer from Africa. Well, or rather: now that Shimunja has arrived, his adventure is supposed to be finally over.
Sportklub reports that Maribor will not wait for a better tomorrow for the striker. Ishaq Rafiu is crossed out and will leave Maribor one way or another in the winter transfer window. However, it is possible that he will continue to play in the Telemach First League. Maribor is also expected to offer the striker to its first league rivals, some of whom have reportedly already expressed their willingness to sign him.
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