Former Super Eagles’ attacker, Chinedu Obasi (Edu) has turned up in a new deal that should see him play this season in Austria, as the first Nigerian to play in all age-grades and levels of FIFA’s global competitions says he is already looking forward to great days ahead of him, megasportsarena.com reports.
His latest deal comes at the ripe age of 34, having signed as a free agent for Austrian Bundesliga side, SC Rheindorf Altach, where he had been training to keep fit this summer, after first trying out his fortune earlier this year at one of his former clubs, TSG Hoffenheim of Germany.
Although the product of JC Raiders of Jos, who has also starred for Lyn Oslo of Norway as well as Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen of Germany, could not get a contract back at Hoffenheim, Obasi is looking on the bright side of life for more heroics in the twilight of his career.
Interestingly, AIK Solna of Sweden did not extend his contract even after he netted five goals and provided two assists in 18 league appearances with the team, but the once-buzzing winger-cum-striker, who has also played in England and China, is thinking only of making fresh waves at his new base.
A special feature on Obasi by SCORENigeria disclosed that the product of Riverland Academy of Enugu, who hails from the rustic community of Ohafia, will now aim for an injury-free spell at his latest base in central Europe, considering that the biggest worry that has stunted his career has been several knocks that keep him out for many months each season at various bases.
The report stated in part: “Blessed with amazing skills and every other attributes meant for a super star, the former Hoffenheim striker was always destined for the top, but injuries have not been fair to him.
“Dogged, resilient and resolute Obasi continued to fight back injuries to remain on the pitch and it appears he has won the battle lately. Swedish side AIK Solna welcomed him back after his Schalke 04 chequered stint and the former Golden Eaglets star got his groove back.
“Obasi remains grateful to AIK for their belief in him and returned their confidence in him with his goals for the three years he spent with the team. One of his goals was voted the Goal of the Season as he signed off in style, before signing up with Austrian Bundesliga side Rheindorf Altach last week.
“At 34, Obasi is certainly not at his prime, but he should be remembered for fighting and winning his many battles against injury to still stay in the game. One of his representatives, Henry Isaac Anyanwu, believes Obasi would have been the greatest African player ever had injuries not stood in his way.”
Obasi’s latest port of call and targets are also highlighted revealed in a post on social media via @SCRAltach, depicting how his new club gave him a warm reception with a comforting message written in Austrian language: “✍️📃 Herzlich Willkommen beim @SCRAltach, Chinedu Obasi! 🗞 http://bit.ly/Welcome_Edu. #WIRsindALTACH #WelcomeEdu.”