FC Cape Town seek Nigeria link
National First Division side FC Cape Town are in talks with top Nigerian Premier League team Sunshine Stars over creating an official link between the two clubs.
According to FC Cape Town, the Executive Director of the Ondo State Football Agency (OSFA) of Nigeria, Mike Idoko, is in the country on a fact finding mission to explore mutual areas where the two clubs can work together. Idoko is also the chairman of Stars.
The Mother City club have already had one high-profile Nigerian on their books, striker Emmanuel Emenike, who played in Cape Town for the 2008/09 season before being sold to Karabükspor in Turkey.
He is now at Russian top-flight side Spartak Moscow, where he netted 13 goals in 20 starts in the 2011/12 season.
FC Cape Town have long viewed themselves as an ‘academy club’, a team whose purpose is to produce players for the transfer market rather than to gain promotion to the Premier League in South Africa.
Sunshine Stars are currently competing in the 2012 CAF Champions League having finished second in the 2010/11 Nigerian Premier League season.
OSFA recently announced a partnership with English Premiership giants Arsenal that would see the Gunners assist in the development of football in the region.