PSL News 13.9.2017 11:13 am

City swoop for Nigeria striker Obinna

Benni McCarthy, Coach of Cape Town City (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

Benni McCarthy, Coach of Cape Town City (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

Cape Town City have made yet another statement of their intent for the future with the signing of former West Ham, Inter Milan and Nigerian international striker, Victor Obinna.

The Citizens exceeded expectations last season, their first in existence after buying the MP Black Aces franchise, as they finished third in the league and won the Telkom Knockout competition.

Matching those feats in the second season was always going to be tough, especially after the departure of head coach Eric Tinkler to SuperSport United.

But the new man in charge, Benni McCarthy, has hit the ground running with five wins in their opening five games and an MTN8 final against SuperSport on their immediate schedule.

And McCarthy’s profile, as a legendary former Bafana Bafana striker and a Champions League winner in Europe, combined with club boss John Comitis’ ambition, has seen the Cape side able to attract big-name South African players such as Teko Modise and Ayanda Patosi.

And now, just when local soccer fans thought that transfer business was over, the club have announced the signing of the 30-year-old Obinna, who comes with a pretty impressive CV, having played across Europe for the last decade.

READ: Cape Town City add two more defenders

It was no doubt McCarthy who played an influential role in luring the Nigerian to the Mother City as the two of them played together at West Ham in the 2010/11 season.

Obinna will also be looking to resurrect his career to a degree after a few years spent at smaller clubs such as Darmstadt 98 and MSV Duisburg in Germany and Chievo in Italy, during which time he has not accumulated many game minutes or goals.

“It’s a privilege to be able to join this family. I saw a club that has an ambition to succeed. I’m here to contribute to the success of this team,” said Obinna upon the announcement of his signing.

Apart from stints in Italy (where he won the Serie A with Inter in 2008/ 2009), Germany and England, the powerful Jos-born marksman has also played in the top leagues in Spain (Malaga) and Russia (Lokomotiv Moskva).

READ: Bafana midfielder joins Cape Town City

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