Dynamo Moscow of Russia attacker, Sylvester Emeka Igbonu (Igboun) has expressed gratitude to the club’s top brass for their decision to extend his recent loan spell with the club into a full contract, megasportsarena.com reports.
Igbonu disclosed how happy and thankful he was over the development, after the Moscow-based side officially announced that they have activated the option to buy his contract from their Russian Premier League rivals, FC Ufa from where he was on loan last season.
This comes after the ex-FC Midtjylland of Denmark and former Super Eagles’ invitee agreed a two-year deal with the Russian club, following his successful spell while on loan from modest UFA; and the midfielder-cum-striker, who has six Nigeria senior national team caps, said he was grateful for the support and trust he got from everyone he met at Dynamo.
During his time on loan, ‘Sly’ helped the club qualify for next season’s UEFA Europa League, which he described as the highlight of his tenure with the Moscow-based side, for which he scored four goals in 26 appearances and is now billed to stay until the end of the 2021/22 term.
The highly-generous and humble star, who spent five years FC Ufa but now officially departs the club after making 119 appearances for them and scored 27 goals, added that he now wants to work even harder over the coming days, in order to make the best of his full contract with the Muscovites, who he thanked for making him feel at home.
He is also holding fond memories of how he helped them finish sixth on the final league table last season and the 29-year-old former FC Ebedei of Sagamu star, who grew up in Agege area of Lagos, took to social media to express profound gratitude over the gains he made at VTB Arena last season.
‘Sly,’ who left Ufa after he initially played six games for a season-long loan spell with The White-Blues until the end of the 2019/20 campaign, scored 25 goals in 108 league games and two in other competitions during his time at Neftyanik Stadium, but he is now aiming for an even more telling and better impact next term at his new base, where he disclosed that he was encouraged to give his best since the very first day of his arrival.
Igbonu posted: “I want to say thank you to Dynamo for their faith in me and the opportunity to continue my career in the blue and white squad. The first year turned out to be difficult.
“We were either at the bottom of the table or close to the very top of it. We did what we could in such a situation and took the place that brings Dynamo back to the European competition. That’s cool!”