August 21, 2017

Oboabona signs for Saudi team

Nigeria international Godfrey Oboabona has signed a one-year deal with Saudi Arabian heavyweights Al-Ahli Saudi FC.

The centre-back moves to the Jeddah-based outfit on a one-year deal – with the option of a one-year extension – after leaving Caykur Rizespor, the Saudi side confirmed on their official Twitter handle.

Oboabona had spent the last four years in Turkey after joining Rizespor in August 2013, but departed the club at the beginning of the month following the Black Sea Sparrowhawk’s relegation, having come to the end of his contract.

The 26-year-old was a key figure in the Nigeria side that won the Africa Cup of Nations under the late Stephen Keshi in 2013, but has lost his place in the Super Eagles in recent months, following the appointment of Gernot Rohr.

He represented Sunshine Stars in the NPFL before departing for Europe in 2013 and was once forced to deny speculation that he’d criticised Arsene Wenger after being offered a trial at Arsenal.

His new club were one of the founding members of the Saudi Pro League and have never been relegated, having won three league titles, 13 King Cups and one Super Cup during their existence.

Last season they finished second in the Pro League – 11 points behind rivals Al-Hilal – and will be hoping that the addition of Oboabona can help them win their first title since 2016.