Transfer News: Nigerian players on the move

Transfer News: Nigerian players on the move

Nigerian players, like other players across the world, have been making moving in this summer’s transfer window.

The latest Ngierians to move include Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem who left Turkey for Croatia, while Super Eagles hopeful Victor Boniface left Norwegian champions Bodø Glimt for Belgian Jupiler League side Royale Union Saint.

Awaziem continues nomadic movement

Defender Awaziem has joined the Croatian club, HNK Hajduk, on a one-year loan deal with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

“Chidozie Awaziem is Hajduk's new stopper,” the club posted on their official website.

“Hajduk and Boavista have agreed to a one-year loan with the option to buy out the contract at the end of the season,” the statement added.

Speaking on the move, Sporting Director Mid-august Nikolicius is happy to have added a technical and tactical player with the experience of Awaziem.

“He is a player with very good technical, tactical and excellent physical characteristics. In his career, he played at the highest level of football in some of Europe's top leagues. He is a standard member of the Nigerian National team,” he added.

“With these qualities, it will certainly contribute to the quality of our defense and will bring a new dimension to the team.”

On his part, Awaziem can't wait to get started and to impress the passionate fans of the club.

“I know that Split is a beautiful city and that the fans are very passionate and love football,” he told the club media. 

“I love football too, so we're very much alike in that. I came to Split to do my best and to meet our goals.” he added.

The defender, who began his career at then NPFL club El-Kanemi, moved to Porto's football academy in 2014 where he made over 60 appearances for the Porto B team, and made 10 first-team appearances.

Since then, he has spent time at Nantes, Turkey's Rizespor, Spain's Leganes, Boavista and Alanyaspor, Turkey where he spent the season on loan. 

Another Nigerian striker arrives in Belgium

Victor Boniface is the latest Nigerian striker to move the Belgium after he dumped Norwegian champions Bodø Glimt for Royale Union Saint Gilloise.

Boniface joins the Belgian side in a deal worth €2 million( ₦900 million), on a three-year contract, with the option of a one-year extension.

Boniface has been brilliant since he joined Bodø Glimt in 2020. The Nigerian striker has registered 23 goals and eight assists in 66 appearances.

This season, the 21-year-old has been on fire. Boniface broke a 15-year record in July after his hattrick for Bodø Glimt in their 3-0 thrashing of Klaksvik in the Champions League preliminaries.

In all competitions, Boniface has registered 13 goals in 21 appearances for Bodø Glimt.

The striker, who has never played for the Super Eagles, will hope to follow the footsteps of Nigerian superstars who have made their names whilst in the Jupiler League.


This article was most recently revised and updated 1 year ago

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