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Okunowo joins Sunshine

Published by Tribune on Fri, 06 Jan 2012

FORMER Super Eagles and member of the Flying Eagles 1999 World Youth Championship, WYC's squad, Gbenga Okunowo has signed for Nigeria Premier League (NPL) club, Sunshine Stars FC Akure for the new season.Both the player and his agent, Larry Badmus, confirmed his move to the league runners-up, which will also feature in this year's CAF Champions League.'He is a player of Sunshine Stars after we reached an agreement with the club,' Badmus told MTNFootball.comOkunowo,who once plied his trade with FC Barcelona is likely to be on parade for the NPL clubside Sunshine Stars in its opener against league champions DolphinS on Saturday in Port Harcourt.A few years ago, the 32-year-old fullback, who played for Barcelona between 1998 and 2000, tried to make a sensational return to the game by playing in non-league football in England.The former Shooting Stars Fc player made 14 appearances for the famous Catalan giants.and has also been capped by Nigeria at full international and U20 levels.He last played in the NPL for Shooting Stars in 1997.Several Nigerian players have headed back to the NPL for the coming season from overseas.They include Olympic team goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, whose contract with Spanish second division team Pontevedra was not renewed; Sope Ahmed has also joined 3SC after playing in Vietnam, as well as ex-U17 star Omonigho Temile, who is back at Warri Wolves after a loan spell in Bulgaria.
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