FIFA allows African stars to leave Russia


FIFA has opened a special transfer window for foreign players to leave Russia amid the country's invasion of Ukraine, meaning the two Nigerian stars who are stranded in Moscow can leave.

The world football organising body announced on Monday that foreign players stranded in Russia will be allowed to suspend their contracts with local clubs and sign for other teams for the remainder of the season.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the African players who ply their trade in the Russian topflight, per Transfermarkt.

"In order to facilitate the departure of foreign players and coaches from Russia, in the event that clubs affiliated to the Football Union of Russia (FUR) do not reach a mutual agreement with their respective foreign players and coaches before or on 10 March 2022 ... the foreign players and coaches will have the right to unilaterally suspend their employment contracts with the FUR-affiliated clubs in question until the end of the season in Russia (30 June 2022)," FIFA said in a statement.

"The suspension of a contract will mean that players and coaches will be considered 'out of contract' until 30 June 2022 and will therefore be at liberty to sign a contract with another club without facing consequences of any kind."

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Spartak Moscow attacker Victor Moses and CSKA Moscow’s Chidera Ejuke are the two Nigerian stars impacted by the conflict and they have now been presented with a way out, on an interim basis, at least.

The latter was also included in the Super Eagles' 'on the stand-by list' for their 2022 World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana later this month.

Meanwhile, Moses recently received special praise for the national team's interim coach Augustine Eguavoen, as the 56-year-old revealed his desire to recall the former Chelsea winger despite his retirement from international football in 2018 at the age of 28.

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