Nigerian striker Gift Emmanuel Orban has signed a new long-term contract with a top European club Stabæk.

The 20-year-old who grew up in Togo as well as Nigeria joined the Norwegian First Division club during the winter of 2022 after he was scouted by Torgeir Bjarmann and Thomas Finstad at a tournament arranged by Atta Aneke in the West African nations in November last year.

Orban has been in scintillating form after banging in seven goals and providing three assists in seven 1st division matches as Stabæk sits four places and three points behind second-place Ranheim.

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Former Bison FC graduate has been offered fresh terms by the Norwegian outfit after making an immediate impact following his loan move earlier this year.

Orban speaking via Stabaek’s official website after penning a new contract said: “I am very happy here. Whether the contract is for four years or ten is not the most important thing.

“My goal is just to take new steps. Then I have to play well and score goals. I will continue to work hard to achieve that.”

Sports manager Torgeir Bjarmann is also happy to have the long-term agreement with Gift in place after having him on loan until now. 

“We’ve had it under control all along, so the most important thing was that we brought him on loan on the last day of the previous window. But he has taken to the integration quickly and has a great understanding of the game. 

“He is a versatile striker who can hold the ball, combine and appear in the box. He scores a lot of different goals, that’s also good.

Stabæk took to take Orban as a gamble which has finally paid off, signing him on the last day of the winter transfer market.

 

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