Okafor eyes move to Europe

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snl24.com/kickoff caught up with the former Benoni Premier United (now Thanda Royal Zulu FC) striker on his return to South Africa from the Scandinavian country.

“I have just returned from Norway where I had gone for a two-week trial. I went there with other Nigerian players but the club was only impressed with me. Everything is almost sealed and it is now just a matter of putting pen to paper as the discussions on terms are as good as done.

“I just want to play in Europe now. Truly speaking, with the set-up that they have in Norway, my mind is no longer on playing in South Africa. I just want to make sure that I make the best of this opportunity,” says the burly striker.

_quoteDespite being a second tier League team, FK Haugesund reached the 2007 Norwegian Cup Final where they lost 2-0 to Lillestrom.

While the negotiations are due to be wrapped up soon, Okafor noted that he will be returning in the New Year to the club that finished eighth in the recently-ended season.

“I will definitely be going back in the third week of January for pre-season as the League will only start after the winter period; that is in March-April.

“They are a competitive side with a genuinely good professional set-up. In the town where the team is based they have a good following as they are a team that is even capable of beating top League teams where they have previously played.

“But the biggest challenge that I faced while there was that it was snowing all the time. We had to train indoors on an artificial turf and only played matches outdoors though it was also on artificial pitches,” says Okafor, adding that his mind is off Asia where he also attended trials.

“I did impress in Brunei and they appeared keen on me though I was kept waiting. They did call the guy who had arranged for me to go there, but my mind is on Europe now,” he says.

The 26 year-old forward made an impact at Benoni last season though injuries disrupted his progress towards the end of the season.