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Ndah: Nigeria’s international trial at Orlando Pirates after helping Akwa United clinch NPFL title

The Promise Keepers mentor said they need to find a way to continue without the high defender as he signs for the Soweto giants

Akwa United have announced that one of their central defenders Olisa Ndah is currently on trial at Orlando Pirates.

The 23-year-old is considered one of the best defenders in the Nigerian professional football league.

Ndah was one of Akwa’s standouts when they won the 2020/21 NPFL title – which conceded the fewest goals (24) in the process and the club qualifies for this season’s Caf Champions League.

His operations have now given him a trial period with 1995 Caf Champions League winners, according to Pirates head coach of Akwa, Kennedy Boboye.

“We no longer think about the league title, we do not focus on the Champions League,” said Boboye. Global sports.

“Hopefully Olisah Ndah will not return. He is currently undergoing Tests with the Orlando Pirates.”

Boboye, a former international player in Nigeria, would like to see Ndah impress the Pirates technical team led by Josef Zinnbauer and sign an agreement with the Soweto giants.

“Since we are already planning for the Champions League, we can do it without him,” said the retired striker.

“Honestly, if one of my players goes abroad, I usually don’t want to see them in the league again.”

Ndah is also a Nigerian international who has been included in the Super Eagles squad that faced Mexico in an international friendly last month.

The dreadlocked player started when the Super Eagles team consisted mostly of home-based players and suffered a 4-0 defeat in Los Angeles, USA.

Having practiced his trade outside Nigeria before joining Sliema Wanderers, Flamrun Spartans and Sirens in Malta, Ndah needs no international club experience.

Ndah was also part of the Nigerian team during the Africa Cup of Nations final for Africa under 23 in Egypt, while the dream team could not reach the knockout phase.

He hopes to reach an agreement with Pirates and follow in the footsteps of William Okpara and Ezenwa Otorogu, who are some of the Nigerian players who played for the Bucs in the PSL era.

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