The management of Rangers International FC Enugu, a Nigerian Professional Football League side has declared its Midfielder, Christian Madu missing from its camp.
The club’s Director of Media and Publicity, Foster Chime, said the player has not been seen in training in the last three weeks.
Chime said the club’s Chief Coach, Chukwuma Agbo, had explained that the player sent him a letter that he was going for a check-up.
“The letter did not specify the type of sickness, where or when he would be treated.
“The letter came immediately after the Rangers versus FC Ifeanyi Uba match in Enugu.
“Since then, he has not reported for training or seen anywhere around the Coal City Flying Antelopes camp, which means he has gone Away Without Official Leave (AWOL).
“He did not present himself to the team doctor, who is a consultant physician,’’ the statement said.
It said the League Management Company had been informed of the development for necessary action.
The statement said the management had equally stopped his salary for leaving Rangers’ camp without official permission.
It added that the club’s General Manager, Christian Chukwu, had expressed disappointment with the development.
Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports that the player might have traveled abroad for trials without permission from the club.
Rangers international claimed the league title last season breaking a jinx of over 30-years. The club have also seen the exit of its title-winning coach Imama Amakpakabo following a fallout with the management as a result of poor performance.
Should the insinuations be true, the club management, the Nigerian Football Federation, and the League Management Company (LMC) will have to wade in to ensure this practice does not continue in the league.
In the past, players have been seen to have eloped to Europe without the knowledge of club management.