Vancouver Whitecaps have announced they are not going to be bringing back Nigeria midfielder Nosa Igiebor, in what will go down as one of the strangest side-plots in team history.
The 27-year-old box-to-box midfielder was a late-season addition in 2017. After taking time to get fit, he was picked in three crucial games late in the season, including the two games of the Western Conference semi-final against the Seattle Sounders.
That said a lot about the quality coach Carl Robinson saw in the player he initially signed to a contract to close out the season, with an option for 2018.
“When I picked Nosa up in late July/August, he hadn’t had a club for four months,” Robinson said. And when Matias Laba was injured in early September, remember there was also the chance Laba was about to be sold to an Argentine club, a roster spot came free. He was a low risk for us. He had a good background.”
Nosa had played in Norway, in Spain, in Israel and in Turkey and had done well.