Done Deal: Nigerian Defender Signs For SuperSport United
South African Premier Soccer League side, SuperSport United have signed Nigerian defender Azubuike Egwuekwe.
Egwuekwe has 22 national caps for Nigeria and was part of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning squad.
He also featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and represented the Super Eagles at the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup.
Signed from Finnish side KuPS‚ Egwuekwe brings an impressive international pedigree to the ambitious PSL side.
The one-time target of West Ham has experience playing in World Cup qualifiers for Nigeria.
“He’s a player who we obviously scouted. We saw quite a few videos and obviously also spoke to a few people in Nigeria just to make sure that he’s been playing‚” SuperSport Coach Eric Tinkler said.
“And it’s always hard when you sign some of the foreign players‚ to do it off videos and opinion alone.
“But all the information we got regarding him was all very positive. So he was basically one who we signed without a trial.”
SuperSport’s coach said he expects the defender to chip in with goals‚ as he did in his one season in Finland last year.
“Yes‚ of course‚ when you see how big he is you would expect that. Today I got my first opportunity to really see him and where his level of fitness is‚” the coach said.
“Although he has been playing. In fact he was supposed to have joined us last week but the club (KuPS) requested that he play one more match – they needed him.
“So we granted that‚ and now he’s joined us. So his fitness levels should be OK and once we get the work done with him‚ he’ll join straight in.”
Before his move to Finland, Egwuekwe played in Nigeria‚ mostly for Warri Wolves.