|Shehu Abdullahi (1st right)being unveiled. Pic courtesy Al Qadsia|
Nigeria international, Shehu Abdullahi, has signed a year deal with Kuwaiti outfit, Al Qadsia Sporting Club, for an undisclosed fee.
Abdullahi, 21, penned the deal with the Kuwaiti side after he rebuffed overtures from South Africa, Turkey and Saudi Arabia and a deal with Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon fell through at the last minute.
The former Kano Pillars midfielder says he is comfortable with the deal as it affords him a new challenge and an avenue to put himself in the window.
"I'm really happy with the deal. It's a new challenge that I am looking forward to," he told 9jafooty from his base in Kuwait.
"A lot of people were surprised I chose Kuwait, but I am happy. Kuwait will be a springboard to better things. This is just a stepping stone.
"I hope to give my all to the fans of the club and also help the team win laurels during my stay here."
Abdullahi, who has played for Plateau United and was part of the Super Eagles to the 2014 Chan in South Africa, was philosophical about the deal with Al Qadsia.
The former under-20 star, who was with the Flying Eagles at last year's Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, said the deal will make him a better player and prepare him for tougher challenges.
"I had offers from South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and with Sporting in Portugal. There is a reason I'm here and I've accepted it," he told 9jafooty
"The club have taken care of me. I have good accommodation and transportation has also been provided for me.
"I've already been registered by the club to play in the Asian Champions League that will resume next month. I hope to make an impression in the AFC Champions League.
"The transfer fee is good, even though a chunk of it will go to Pillars, but I must say I'm satisfied with the provision so far.
"I can't wait to get started and show what I can do. I hope to make the fans of the club happy."