Nigeria’s under-23 national, Olympic Eagles’ captain, Azubuke Okechukwu has confirmed his exit from Caykur Rizespor of Turkey, with a solemn good-bye message and words of appreciation to the club.
Okechukwu, who confessed that he is now eager to play in the English Premier League, said he is moving on, following the expiration of his loan deal with Rizespor, which he joined from Pyramids FC of Egypt.
The 22-year-old Katsina-born Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medalist joined the Turkish Super Lig side in January on loan from Pyramids FC, where he stated on a resounding note, only to find his surge cut short by injury and consequent loss of form.
Before leaving Pyramids, though, ‘Okey’ had pilled up an impressing rate card that saw him attract a return to Turkey, and he ended picking better marks with Rizespor, where he featured in 14 straight games, won five, drew five and lost four, as he helped them finish 11th on the Lig’s table.
His top form has now seen Okechukwu linked to join Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja at Girondins-Bordeaux of France, while the top-Turkish due of Trabzonspor and Fenerbahçe are also said to be interested in him.
However, Okechukwu has set his sight on moving to England, where he believes his talent would shine better, and took to social media to say good-bye to Rzespor, despite their strong interest in keeping him.
Okechukwu stated: “As we conclude the season, I won’t forget the amazing fans of Rizespor and I hope we meet again.
“I want to say a very big thank you to Caykur Rizespor, my coaches and tireless teammates for making the last 5 months a memorable one.”