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Soccer News of Thursday, 28 April 2022


Maduka Okoye’s Premier League debut delay is a blessing in disguise - Football administrator

Okoye agreed to join the Hornets in November, 2021 Okoye agreed to join the Hornets in November, 2021

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye will have to wait for a while before enjoying a taste of Premier League football.

The young goalkeeper is currently on loan at Sparta Rotterdam.

He joined the Eredivisie club on a free transfer in 2020. He was named Sparta's Player of the Season during the 2020/21 season, after keeping 10 clean sheets in 28 league games.

Okoye agreed to join Premier League outfit, Watford, on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee back in November 2021.

Watford is struggling in the current Premier League campaign. The Hornets have lost five of their last six Premier League matches and currently sits 19th on the PL table with just 22 points after 33 games.

It is likely that the 22-year-old goalkeeper will play in the Championship next season should Watford be relegated.

However, Nigeria football administrator, David Doherty believes it will be a good thing for Okoye to begin life at Watford from the EFL Championship, calling it ‘a blessing in disguise'.

He added that the move will offer him a lot of experiences which will build him up for the English top flight.

"To me I think the young goal stopper will come even good with life in the Championship where he is likely to get more games under his belt, enough experience to prepare him even better for life in Premier League and what to expect going forward.

"So combining all this experience together, I’m very sure the young man will get moulded in a way that will serve as a good benefit for both club and country for years ahead.

"I think the drop-down to Championship is a blessing in disguise for Maduka Okoye and Hopefully Watford fc can return immediately after one season in Championship to the PL just like Fulham.’’ He said.

Okoye made his international debut for the Super Eagles in October 2019, when he came on as a sub in Nigeria's friendly game against Brazil.

The game ended in a one-all draw.