Nigeria U-20 striker Olanrewaju Kayode has expressed delight after finally marking his debut for Israeli club Maccabi Netanya.
The Flying Eagles forward was locked in a transfer logjam involving his former club Asec Mimosas, which needed the intervention of world football governing body FIFA before he could finally resume his career.
Kayode was a second half substitute as Netanya won 1-0 at Jerusalem on Thursday.
“I give God all the glory that I’m back playing football again,” he told MTNFootball.com
“It was also good that we won this game and now I can fully concentrate on my football again.”
Former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) top shot Taiwo Ogunjobi was slammed a 10-year ban for his involvement with Kayode’s transfer logjam.
Ivorian club Asec claimed Kayode still has a contract with them, but FIFA ruled against such a claim and ordered the NFF to issue a provisional clearance to Heartland for the player.
Kayode is thus on a short-term loan from Heartland to Maccabi Netanya.