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Oboabona completes move to Rizespor

Nigeria international, Godfrey Oboabona, has sealed a much-awaited switch from Sunshine Stars to Turkish club, Caykur Rizespor on Thursday.

Oboabona agreed to a four-year deal with the Turkish Super Lig outfit on Wednesday, passed his medicals on same day and signed on Thursday.

"Godfrey has officially joined Rizespor of Turkey this (Thursday) morning," confirmed Mike Idoko, who coordinates the affairs of Sunshine Stars as executive director of the Ondo State Football Agency.

"He underwent his medicals yesterday (Wednesday) and he officially signed today (Thursday). We are happy he has made a good choice for the development of his career where he will have regular football time. We, at Sunshine Star, wish him the best and thank him for being a loyal employee of our club all through his time with us."

But Idoko did not disclose the transfer fee involved to supersport.com though reports suggest that Oboabona's sale must have raked in around €650,000 for the Akure Gunners.

On Wednesday, Rizespor announced the capture of Oboabona on their official website.

"Stopper Godfrey Itama Oboabona of Premier League team of Nigeria, Sunshine Stars, born 16.08.1990, and the Nigerian national team player agreed with the club in all matters of principle," stated the announcement.

The Black Sea Sparrowhawk brought in Oboabona after another defender, Mesut Yilmaz was sent out on loan to Goztepe until 2014.

Oboabona, who will wear jersey number two, becomes the second Nigerian to be hooked by the Turkish club this summer after ex-Enyimba striker, Uche Kalu joined in June.

The Nigerian centre-back could make his debut for Rizespor against Trabzonspor this weekend.

The capture of Oboabona by Rizespor finally ends the transfer speculation on the club future of the defender, who has impressed with Nigeria's Super Eagles this year.


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