Transfer: Slovenian club, NK Maribor signs Nigerian forward


Slovenian giants, NK Maribor have announced the signing of Nigerian winger, Ishaq Rafiu.

Rafiu joined NK Maribor from Nigeria Professional Football League outfit, Rivers United.

The 21-year-old contributed 14 goals as Rivers United won the NPFL title for the first time last season.

His teammate, Chijoke Akuneto scooped the top scorer’s award with 19 goals.

Rafiu made his debut for Nigeria in the friendly defeat to Mexico in May.

“We had to respond, to expand the staff, we also need a new solution in the wing positions,” Maribor sporting director, Marko Šuler told the club’s official website.

“I’m glad that we made a deal, Ishaq is here as a player for the present and the future. He comes with good recommendations, like the Nigerian champion.

“Last season, he scored 14 goals, if he had played all the matches until the end, he could have become the best scorer in the championship.

“He is a player with penetration, speed and concreteness, as well as rarely seen physical strength. It can mean an appropriate choice for the purpose of realizing our competitive goals, and also for a further step forward from Maribor, as the players from Nigeria often prove as a breeding ground for talent,” he added.

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