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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.”

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:40 am
THIS PALMGEN DUDE IS NOT A GOOD COACH HE WUD HAV BEEN FIRED LONG AGO IF IT WASNT THE EXPLOITS OF BENARD PARKER. THANDA WAS A ONE MAN SHOW THANX TO MR PARKER...FIRE THIS DUMB DUDE...NOW
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 am
South African are not good enough for these foreign coaches, they come and explore us and they are the reason why we underperfoming at highest level...they don't promote local soccer instead they go for cheaper foreigners..ag sis man..SOUTH AFRICA IS LIKE ENGLAND.....
Anonymous
posted: 11:08 am
My sisters son who plays for the under 13 of platnum stars development side says "Jabu, mabizela and dillion sheppard are at it again, they are always last in line when the rest of the team is running hard and when the coach yells them to run fast they simply tell him that they are running as fast as they can. Also Jabu came to training on one monday morning smelling heavy of booze and there were bottles of booze still laying around in his car. So guyz don't be suprised if they don't get game time. Once a thief always a thief.
(You heard it hear first)
Anonymous
posted: 11:12 am
PINTO...PINTO...
Are you spying on these guys ? please let them free coz they moved away from these so called big teams they want to relax and play their football
VOETSEK MAN !!!
Ganadlha
posted: 11:26 am
lish: 2009-02-13 11:12 [ Report ]


PINTO...PINTO...
Are you spying on these guys ? please let them free coz they moved away from these so called big teams they want to relax and play their football
VOETSEK MAN !!!

HAHAHAHA MAN HE PISSED U OFF I C.
Anonymous
posted: 11:44 am
Palgren claimed that his team will avoid relegation because they are 'rich'. Let us see them flex their financial muscle in the field of play. I'm tired of this crazy talk and nothing to show for inside the pitch. Will they always be lingering in the botting of the table until one season they get relegated? They are beginning to bore me now.
Anonymous
posted: 12:15 pm
I will like to applause Sundowns and Celtics for launching their youth development structures. It is disappointing to see all our PSL teams going elsewhere to look out for a striker. The current stats in PSL shocks when you notice that almost every team in PSL have one or two foreign strikers as their key players, and it doesn’t look like this will change or at least changing the ratio. I have nothing against foreigners, but honestly speaking the ratio is not good at all and something must be done to develop our own strikers.
Anonymous
posted: 01:52 pm
I welcome the competition. I understand we have issues with talent being showcased at PSL level, but thats part of a bigger development / administrative issue that affects SA soccer in general. I say bring the foreigners in. Let them score goals. Let our defenders play against them. Let our strikers learn from them. Let our youth train with them. But the problem should really be addressed at school / junior level where the talent is clearly there but they just seem to disappear in the wilderness and most you don't hear from again. Only the ones privileged enough to be exposed to decent or proper conditioning programs, make it as far as club level. Programs like shona khona are a good start - "Lets Play" to a certain extent but we need loads more - together with the proper conditioning mental and physical, we should see improvement. Things like Danone under 12 are a good start as well. Under 17 world cup is taking place soon, and we don't have a team there with amajimbos bowing out of a competition that would have given them much confidence and experience by participating. We need to address this at youth level before we can even begin to reap the benefits at PSL level. We already see the potential in amajita so its not all dark days but we need to do more at a younger level.
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