Super Eagles’ number one, Okoye signs new deal

Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ first-choice goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, has signed a long-term contract extension with Dutch side, Sparta Rotterdam, following an impressive debut season with the club.

Okoye joined Sparta Rotterdam on a free transfer in the summer of 2020, after the expiration of his contract with Fortuna Dusseldorf, a club he spent three years with, mostly with the B team.

The 21-yer-old goalkeeper Okoye had a brilliant first debut season in Holland and he was named Sparta Rotterdam’s Player of the Season for the 2020-21 campaign. He has now signed a long-term contract that will keep him at the Dutch Eredivisie club until 2025.

After signing the new contract, Okoye spoke with the club’s website and said: “When I signed with Sparta, I did so with clear goals. I wanted to develop further and become the first goalkeeper in the Eredivisie and for the Super Eagles.

“So after the first season I can’t help but be satisfied, but I’m certainly not done here yet. I really enjoy my time at Sparta and I feel appreciated by my teammates and the supporters.”

The Super Eagles shot-stopper added: “In my first year, I have already experienced many beautiful moments here, I hope that next season, at a full Castle, we will add even more moments.”

Sparta Rotterdam are expected to take on Willem II in a pre-season friendly match on Saturday, before the kick ofo of the 2021-22 season with an Eredivisie trip to Utrecht on August 15, and Maduka Okoye is expected to be in goal for the two matches.

Sparta Rotterdam’s technical director, Henk van Stee revealed they don’t want to sell Okoye. He said: “Last season he proved us right. With 10 clean sheets in 28 games, he contributed to the club’s eighth-place finish and was even voted Player of the Season by the supporters.

“He made great strides last season, he is also the first goalkeeper of the Nigerian national team. Obviously, this meant there was a lot of interest in him, but we both had the intention to continue longer and are very happy that we are extending his contract.”

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