Nigerian striker for Thanda?
Posted: 13 February 2009 Time: 10:30
Thanda Royal Zulu’s search for a striker to replace Bernard Parker could be over with the news that Nigerian striker Sunday Okoro is on the verge of signing.
The 23-year-old started training with the club this week and has seemingly done enough to impress the technical team, especially head coach Roger Palmgren.
“We will see what is going to happen in the next few days, but what I can say is that he is an absolutely fantastic player,’ the Swede says.
But if the deal does materialise, Thanda will recall Malian striker Cisse Bonguata, who also spent some time training with the club.
“We were very impressed with the Malian – he is a strong, fighting striker,” Palmgren says.
Okoro also had unsuccessful trials at Mamelodi Sundowns earlier this month during which time there were rave comments from his agent.
KickOff.com researched the player at the time and established that Okoro spent nine months of last season at two Faroe Island clubs, B71 (Sandoy) and B36 (Tórshavn) without much success, although at the latter, he did once score a goal with his first kick of the match.
Records also show that Okoro was in Belgium’s Germinal Beerschot squad during the 2007\08 season, as well as another Belgian outfit, Beveren, and had spent a short while playing Luxembourg before that.
Then comes the strange part: Deeper investigation showed that Okoro also played at another Faroe Island club, Skála, during 2005\06 season under the name Obele Okeke Onyebuchi.
KickOff.com questioned our Nigerian correspondent regarding this situation and was informed that Nigeria’s international passport system ‘was a mess’ until last year, when the new e-passport was introduced.
“That meant that you could walk into one passport office and get an international passport issued within two weeks. And then you could go elsewhere and do the same at a different state.”