Serie D club Cartagena delighted after signing forgotten Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old Nigeria international has been looking for a new team since leaving Saudi Arabian outfit Al Adalah FC was seen training with the Super Eagles B to be match fit ahead new destinations.

Onazi played in a friendly game for CHAN Eagles before traveling to Italy to team up with  Italian fourth division side.

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The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner to pen to paper after Cartagena confimed the news via their club official website, which many have found surprising.

“Casertana FC is pleased to announce that it has ensured the sports performance of the footballer Ogenyi Eddy ONAZI.

“The midfielder born in 1992 returns to Italy after wearing the Lazio shirt from 2011 to 2016. Winner of the Africa Cup in 2013 with the Nigeria national team, silver medalist at the Under 17 World Cup, he took part with the selection of his Country at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 to that in Russia in 2018. With Lazio he wrote important pages.

“It is his decisive goal against Napoli which in 2015 allows the Biancocelesti to return to the Champions League after eight years of absence. In August 2016 he was bought by the Turks of Trabzonspor with whose shirt he collected 69 appearances and 3 goals in three years in the highest seriousness. In January 2020, he moved to Dinizlispor and then flew to Lithuania at Zalgiris.

“The latter part of last season played with the Arabs of Al-Adalah. Still at the height of his career (he will turn 30 next December 25), Onazi boasts impressive numbers: 76 appearances and 4 goals in Serie A, 24 appearances and 3 goals in the Europa League and 6 appearances in the Champions League.

“Onazi will be presented to the press and fans tomorrow, Monday 29 August at 6 pm in the ‘Mario Iannotta’ press room of the ‘Pinto’ stadium.”

Onazi started his career with My People before a spell at El Kanemi Warriors, Bodens BK, Lazio, Trabzonspor, Denizlispor, SønderjyskE, Žalgiris and Al-Adalah.

The Jos-born star part of late Stephen Keshi Super Eagles side that won the 203 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.


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