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Sports News of Saturday, 4 March 2023


Former Super Eagles star Brown Ideye reportedly abandoned his children in the Ukrainian war

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Former Super Eagles star Brown Ideye has reportedly abandoned his children in Ukraine, according to his ex-partner, Yana Voloshchenko.

Ukrainian-born psychologist Yana Voloshchenko claims she has two children for Ideye, with the eldest born in 2014 when the former Nigerian international was plying his trade at Dynamo Kyiv.

According to Yana (in an interview granted Dynamo), after Brown Ideye initially refused to acknowledge the paternity of their children, the striker later acknowledged paternity and agreed to pay child support.

However, in January 2022, Brown stopped paying child support, and Yana’s lawyers have been unable to contact him since.

The ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia has further complicated matters, as Yana, concerned about the safety of her children, is trying to leave the country.

But Brown Ideye’s name is on the children’s documents, making it difficult to do so.

In all these, Ideye has shown no care about his children’s safety and has refused to fulfill his obligations as a father, Yana accused.

Yana admits that she knows Ideye is married with children, but she insists she only found out about the player’s family after she got pregnant for him.

The Ukrainian vows she wants nothing to do with Ideye but that he abide by the contract he signed and pay child support for their children.

While trying to reach Ideye’s employers at his present Kuwaiti club, Al Yarmouk, Yana continues to launch a massive attack on Ideye on social media.

Previous paternity palaver

Interestingly, Yana Voloshchenko is not the first woman to accuse Brown Ideye of abandonment after fathering a child.

In 2017, a Swiss court ordered Ideye to pay Francisca Errol $225,000 being child support for the son he allegedly fathered while he played for Neuchatel Xamax. Errol was a secretary at the club, while Ideye played there between 2007 and 2009.

Club and international career

Ideye played for several clubs in Switzerland, France, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Ukraine, and England.

The forward won league titles with Olympiacos and Dynamo Kyiv, and he is considered a legend in Sochaux.

He was a member of the Super Eagles squad that lifted the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations – Nigeria’s third and most recent continental trophy.