The arrival of former Super Eagles’ striker, Aide Brown Ideye has sent bolts of excitement rolling through the rank and file of top brass officials at Göztepe SK of Turkey, as they believe they have pulled off a major coup in snatching the well-travelled hitman, megasportsarena.com reports.
Indeed, international football observers are surprised to learn that the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner has signed a two-year contract with Göztepe, who are now his seventh club in Europe – following earlier spells with Neuchâtel Xamax of Switzerland, Sochaux of France, Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine, West Bromwich Albion of England, Malaga of Spain as well as Olympiakos and Aris Thessaloniki of Greece.
The 31-year-old product of Ocean Boys FC of Brass, who has also played for Tianjin Teda of China, arrives at Goztepe as a free agent, after snubbing a contract extension with Aris, where he finished last season with 10 goals from 31 appearances in all competitions and helped the club end the campaign seventh in the Greek Super League.
The hard-tackling striker, who scored six goals in 27 appearances for the Super Eagles before falling out of favour under the current dispensation, will now aim to make the best of his two-year deal at Gürsel Aksel Stadium, where he was unveiled on Friday after completing his free transfer.
The Ajegunle-born striker’s arrival has ignited excitement at his new club, whose media unit stated on their official website: “We signed a two-year contract with the Nigerian striker Brown Ideye.
“Born on October 10, 1988, in Yenagoa, Nigeria, after becoming a professional in his country, Ideye played in Neuchatel Xamax, Sochaux, Dynamo Kiev, West Bromwich Albion, Olympiakos, Tianjin Teda, Malaga, and Aris.
“The striker, who has experience in the Premier League, La Liga and Champions League, has been successful in scoring rival nets 152 times in 384 matches he played. We welcome Brown Ideye to Goztepe and wish him success with our glorious form.”