Nigerian Abdullahi, Roma’s defender forced to retire at 21
AS Roma’s Nigerian defender Nura Abdullahi has been forced to retire from football on medical advice at the age of just 21. The central defender who has a contract with the club until 2021 was initially placed on rest by his club after heart tests in March 2018.
According to BBC Sport, the club has agreed to honour his contract and he will now take up a non-playing role with them. Roma are also exploring the idea of enabling him to continue work as a scout or ambassador for the club. He played in Serie B with Spezia and on loan at Perugia from Roma. Abdullahi was a member of the club’s 2015-16 title-winning Primavera (under-19) squad, he was promoted to the first-team group in 2017 but did not make a senior appearance for the three-time Italian champions. He also starred for Roma in the Uefa Youth League and back in February 2016 Abdullahi told the Roma website that he would love to win the Champions League someday. Abdullahi started his career at Abuja Football College before moving to Italian side Spezia in the summer of 2013. He then switched to Roma Primavera, a squad for players aged between 15 and 19, in July 2015 and went on to make 22 appearances for Alberto De Rossi’s side, scoring four goals. A pacy full-back, his career has been dogged by injuries which prevented him from honouring a call-up for Nigeria’s friendly against Senegal in March 2018.