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Sunderland hand trial to Obasi

25 October 2015, 20:03

Abuja - Sunderland have widened the net in search of talent, and have handed 29-year-old Nigerian attacker Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke a trial, according to a report from Sky Sports.

The former Flying Eagles forward is highly-rated in his homeland, despite his battle with the monster called injury.

Obasi has been capped at U17, U20, U23 and the senior level by his country and can play as an attacking midfielder.

He is a free agent. He has played for Lyn Oslo, TSG Hoffenheim and Schalke 04 in his career.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is keen to assess him at the Stadium of Light.

He was released by the Schalke 04 in the summer after making just 10 league starts in three years.

Also read: Allardyce calls on Sunderland to remember the past

Obasi has been carrying an injury since becoming a free agent but Sam Allardyce says he is going to keep assessing him over the next week.

"There's a triallist in at the moment. He used to play for Schalke but he's been injured," he said. "He's a Nigerian international and we are just seeing because he's got a reasonably good CV, in terms of where he's played before.

"He has been fraught with a bad injury, which is why he's not been fixed up with a club yet, but we'd like to see him for this week and perhaps next week.

"But I need someone who has an impact now, not in three weeks’ time, so it will be a difficult task I think. But he's here and if he can show us anything we haven't got then there maybe something we can do."

Obasi was signed by Schalke after a brief loan spell in 2012, having 25 goals in 91 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim. 

He previously played for Norwegian second division side Lyn until moving to Hoffenheim in 2007, and has 18 caps for Nigeria.

- News24


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