Nigeria’s Igboananike returns to Swedish football

Igboananike (right) is happy to be where he can develop as a player
Photo: Orebro SK

Nigerian forward Kennedy Igboananike is back in the top tier of Swedish football. After stints in the USA and, lately, Greece, the 28-year-old returned to the Allsvenskan in a two-year deal with Orebro SK. 
With Kennedy, we get the top forward we sought. He has international experience and has shown time and again that he knows where the target is located, said OSK’s sporting director Magnus Sköldmark in a press release.

Igboananike, who earlier played for Djurgarden from 2010 to 2012, left Swedish club AIK after the 2014 season, and moved to the US where he joined Chicago Fire in the top flight.

In early January, it was clear that he would leave Chicago, and he subsequently signed for Greek side, Veria.  He left the club after only a few weeks. 

We have discussed with Kennedy and his agent for a long time. I am least happy that we got this deal in port. Kennedy will bring many qualities to our attacking game and he is at an age where he is still being developed. This also gives us the opportunity to work with various games depending on the opponent we face. We simply get a more complete offensive crew, says OSK’s coach Alexander Axen in the press release.

On the transfer, the striker admitted to have gotten a very professional impression of ÖSK and a fantastic reception. He added that he has played against the team several times and has always been impressed by their way of playing football.

The Nigerian noted that Orebro has a strong coaching team that has proved that it is good at getting players to grow. He expressed confidence that he will be further developed in the team.