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Oduamadi Leaves Albania, Looks Elsewhere

Former Super Eagles attacker, Nnamdi Chidiebere Oduamadi (Robinho) has confirmed his exit from FK Tirana of Albania, as his contract with the club came to an end in June, and he is now looking for another club.

Although the summer transfer window in Europe closes on September 2, ‘Odu’ said he has nothing to worry about, as he is now a free agent and can still get an contract elsewhere even when the summer market shuts.

Considering his profile, Oduamadi is optimistic that his agents will be able to work something out for him in the coming weeks, as he looks to open a new chapter in his career itinerary, which saw him start out with AC Milan of Italy.

However, at the beginning of the 2010/11 season Milan announced that they had sold half of their rights on Oduamadi to Genoa in co-ownership for €3.5m, as part of the deal that saw defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos move the other way.

‘Odu’ stayed at Milan on loan, being included in the first team squad. He made his official debut for the club in a league game against Catania on 18 September 2010, coming off the bench in the last minutes.

However, that remained his only appearance of the season and he still played games for the under-20 team at times through the season as an over-age player, being also included in the squad for the Viareggio Cup.

At the beginning the 2011–12 season, Odu’s co-ownership deal between Milan and Genoa was resolved in favour of the former, but he was sent on loan to Serie B club Torino and ended the season with 11 appearances plus three goals.

For the 2012–13 season, Oduamadi joined Serie B side Varese on another loan deal and, at the start of the 2013–14 campaign, he moved to Serie B club Brescia, once again on loan.

On 31 January 2014, Oduamadi rejoined Varese, making his second loan spell then, on 8 August 2014, he was signed by Serie B club Crotone, but on 21 January 2015 was signed by U.S. Latina Calcio.

On 22 July 2015, Odu moved on loan to Şanlıurfaspor for the season, but the deal was cut short before the end of the summer transfer window and he came to Milan.

On 22 March 2016, Oduamadi moved to HJK Helsinki of Finland on a loan to expire on 31 December but, in the 2017–18 season, he played again for Milan’s Primavera team as an over-age player, before moving to Israel and then Tirana in Albania.

At international level, Oduamadi was first capped by Nigeria U-17, then went on to be called up by the U-20 and U-23, before making his senior debut against Kenya, on 29 March 2011, as a second-half substitute.

Two years later, he made his second appearance against Kenya in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match, where he scored the equalising goal in the 94th minute to level the score.

Oduamadi was selected for Nigeria at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, in which he scored three goals against Tahiti in their opening match, but he is now seeking a new lease of life in the next phase of his career.

Oduamadi stated: “Am not in Albania no more; I finish wit them in June. My agent still talking to teams about but very soon I will start playing.

“(The transfer window) closing is not a problem for me cos am a free player. So, I can sign anytime. But soon everything will be ok.”

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