Nigerian descent Adedapo Paul Oluwaseun Awokoya-Mebude has joined Belgian Pro League club KV Oostende permanently after leaving Watford.

The 21-year-old forward started his career with Scottish Premier League side Rangers where he made one appearance for the first team during his ten-year spell at Ibrox Stadium.

Mebude linked up with Watford last summer from Rangers on a two-year contract with the option of a further two years before he suffered a back injury at the end of July 2021, and was hospitalised.

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The London-born striker moved on loan to English League One outfit AFC Wimbledon from Watford in August 2021 where he scored twice in 32 games in all competitions for the Dons, as they were relegated to League Two in the 2021-22 season.

The Belgian Pro League club KV Oostende have confirmed the signing of Mebude via their official website after the young Nigerian put pen to paper for an undisclosed fee, with Vicarage Road Stadium side retaining a sell-on clause as part of the agreement.

Speaking KV Oostende president Gauthier Ganaye said: “Dapo is a rough diamond that still needs to be cut. He is very fast and can play both centrally and on the flank.

“That boy has a lot of talent and can still make a lot of progress. KVO is an ideal club for him to do that. I look forward to seeing him develop further here.”

Mebude has represented Scotland at under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-19 youth levels, and made his first under-21 appearance in October 2021 against Denmark.

The diminutive striker is eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Three Lions of England.

KV Oostende are currently sitting 14th in the Belgian Pro League table with six points from seven matches but Mebude hopes to turn the fortune of the club when he made his debut against Henry Onyekuru’s former team Eupen at Diaz Arena on Saturday evening encounter.

 

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