By Godwin Aikigbe
Former Nigeria striker, Batholomew Ogbeche has completed his move to Indian Super League side NorthEast United FC from the Eredivisie club Willem II, where he scored an impressive 10 goals in 20 appearances last season.
The 33-year-old thus becomes the club’s first international signing of the 2018-19 season.
Ogbeche came up the ranks of PSG to feature for the first team in 2001. He spent four years with the Les Parisiens making 57 appearances, while serving two loan spells in fellow French clubs. In 2005, he shifted base to UAE to play for Al-Jazira, before shifting to Spain a year later, as a part of Deportivo Alavés.
After a year in Greece playing for Kavala FC, the 33-year-old signed for English club Middlesbrough in 2011. After another brief spell in Spain for Xerez Club Deportivo, Ogbeche entered Dutch waters to ply his trade for SC Cambuur and then, Willem II. This will be his first stint in India, a challenge this experienced forward is sure to relish.
NorthEast’s 2017-18 campaign ended in disappointment as they found themselves at the bottom of the table after the conclusion of the season. With a mere 12 goals scored in 18 games, their attacking strength was a cause of worry for the management. Hence, with the addition of Ogbeche, it is to be seen how the prolific striker affects their fortunes.
Willem II’s second highest goalscrorer with 10 goals in 20 appearances last season, Ogbeche looks to bring in his experience and ability to improve the team’s attack.