Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem is delighted after joining fallen Croatian giants HNK Hajduk Split on a season-long loan from Portuguese outfit Boavista.

The 25-year-old Nigeria international has had a nomadic career in the past few years since moving to Europe to FC Porto in 2014 from El-Kanemi Warriors.

Awaziem failed to break into the Portuguese champion’s first team with several loan spells to FC Nantes in the Ligue 1, Turkish club Rizespor FC and Spanish side Leganés before a permanent switch to struggling Boavista 2020-21 season.

The Enugu-born defender featured 27 times for Boavista before he embark on another loan to Alanyaspor in the Turkish flight last campaign where he made 18 appearances in the league games and scored one goal in the process.

Awaziem is surplus to requirement at Estádio do Bessa as he team-up with the six-time Croatian champions HNK Hajduk Split with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Super Eagles versatile ace told the club’s official website: “I know that Split is a beautiful city and that the fans are very passionate and love football.

“I also like football, so we are very similar in that. I came to Split to give my best and to fulfill our goals. ”

Awaziem has 26 capped and one goal to his name for Nigeria after featuring for Super Eagles for the 2019 and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations plus the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but he was an unused player as the tournament ended in group stage exit.

Awaziem has been allocated the number 25 jersey at Hajduk Split could make his debut for the Croatian outfit on Thursday when they play Vitoria Guimaraes in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the Europa Conference League on Thursday, August 4.







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