Tracking The Transfer Window And 'the Movement Of Naija People'
By Iwedi Ojinmah 30 days ago
As the transfer window begins to slowly shut Awareness Sports has looked at the most prominent signings involving Nigerians so far.
Because he was arguably the best player at Stoke City Oghenekaro Etebo's jump to Getafe has to rank as the most significant so far.
The Super Eagles' midfielder's move to the Madrid-based club who are playing in the Europa League but want to jump to the Champions League if possible.
Etebo is expected to spend the remainder of the 2019-2020 season at his new side, though a permanent purchase option was embedded in the deal. He will be wearing the number five jersey at his new club.
Then there was the deal that sent Jesse Sekidika from Eskişehirspor to Galatasaray in the Turkish Super League. While the 23-year old Rivers State indigene from Port Harcourt and former Broke House College great may not be very well known in Nigeria, but in Turkey, his vast array of skills is an open secret.
Sekidika signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Istanbul club and the goal poacher who once trialed with Manchester United made his debut, with his new club just days ago helping Gala to a 2-1 win over Denizlispor.
Still, in Turkey, there is the curious case Super Eagles' midfielder Ogenyi Onazi who opted out of continuing to play alongside fellow Nigerian John Mikel and dumped Trabzonspor for another Turkish club Denizlispor.
The 27-year-old penned an 18-month deal ending his contract with his former side after three years at Şenol Güneş Stadium where he made 79 league appearances for the club and scored seven goals.
Onazi now a free agent recently returned to action after spending almost a year on the sidelines due to Achilles tendon injury and made his debut for Denizlispor just days ago in their 2:1 loss to Gala.
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And now we arrive at Stamford Bridge where Bryan Fiabema became Lampard's first signing, and what a coup it was.
At age Fiabema already has the world are his feet prior as a gaggle of big-time jostled for his services
He is expected to hit the ground running and climb up the pecking order in no time. The striker who has been described as physical and pacy parted ways with Eliteserien side Tromso IL after putting pen to paper to a three-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea.
Next, we travel to Belgium where Terem Igobor Moffi's move to KV Kortrijk has been described as perfect for both club and player. The former Golden Eaglets starlet arrives in the Belgian First Division from Lithuania and he is expected to start scoring goals just the way he did at FK Riteriai.
Moffi signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Kortrijk, running till the summer of 2023. He will play alongside fellow Nigerians Imoh Ezekiel and Abduljaleel Ajagun.
We now end up in Italy where the biggest transfer involving a Nigerian in this window is just inches away from happening. All the stands in the way is that the player in question passes his medical. And of course, we are talking about the Blue's owned Victor Moses rejoining their former coach Conte at Inter Milan.
It is a deal worth around €10 M and has an option that should Moses impress he can be purchased.
So, while so far it has not been a bad market for 'the movement of Naija people' there still may be more in store for us as most activity picks up in the last