Nigerian midfielder Okechukwu Azubuike has completed a move to 2021/2022 Europa Conference League hopefuls Demir Grup Sivasspor, www.aclsports.com reports.
Azubuike, 24, on Saturday put pen to paper on a season-long loan deal from Istanbul Basaksehir to the Sivas based side who are currently campaigning in the inaugural Europa Conference League.
Sivasspor finished fifth on the Turkish Super Lig table at the end of last season and have been a long-term admirers of the former Nigeria U23 international who also wants out of the capital after finding regular playing time hard to come by in the second half of last term.
Azubuike made just fifteen appearances for Basaksehir last season, in a campaign blighted by injuries (in the first half of the season) and managerial changes for the capital club.
Demir Grup Sivasspor'umuza hoş geldin Azubuike Okechukwu ❤️🤍 pic.twitter.com/u8eEnpXdyh— Demir Grup Sivasspor (@SivassporKulubu) July 31, 2021
He joins another Nigerian Olanrewaju Kayode at Sivas and will hope to lead the side to an even better finish after their fifth placed finish last term.
The central/defensive midfielder is expected to make his Sivasspor debut when they face Dinamo Batumi of Georgia in the next qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.
Azubuike began his professional career with Nigerian league side Niger Tornadoes before joining Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor after a successful three-year stint at Bayelsa United.
He has since played for three Turkish sides including Çaykur Rizespor and Basaksehir with Sivasspor his fourth employers in Turkey.
Azubuike has an Olympics medal from the Rio 2016 games and also has one cap with Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles.