Exclusive: Wanderers Close To Signing Nigerian Striker
UPDATE: A source from the Halifax Wanderers has stated that the club is not signing Uzo Adighibe.
In what has been a quiet offseason thus far for the Halifax Wanderers, the club is now reportedly on the cusp of signing an international striker.
After having an excellent 2023 season where the club finished third in the regular season before losing to Pacific in the playoffs, the Wanderers are rebuilding behind the scenes for the new campaign and are slated to announce the first brand new player signing next Wednesday.
With that in mind, Northern Tribune has learned that the club is in advanced talks to sign Nigerian striker Uzo Adighibe. The former Atletico Madrid youth product has been without a club since his contract with fourth tier Spanish club CD Tudelano at the end of the 2022-23 season. The attacker also has offers from other Spanish clubs, but is said to be most interested in heading to Halifax.
“At 27 years old I am at a very good age. I’m thinking about playing outside of Spain, trying a new experience after ten years here in order to grow and take a step forward. I want a change of scenery, in a word,” the Nigerian said last week.
In the 2022-23 campaign, Adighibe played for third tier Atletico Baleares for the first half of the season. After starting just twice in the six months he was with Baleares, the 26-year-old made the move to CD Tudelano at the end of the January transfer window last year. While he did manage three goals in the fourth division with Tudelano, Adighibe left the club at the conclusion of the season and has been without a club since.
The striker has been something of a journeyman in Spanish football: having played for Atletico Madrid’s youth academy, Adighibe has since plied his trade in the third and fourth tiers of Spanish football. His most successful stint came with AD Union Adarve, where he scored six times in 16 appearances.
Halifax has not announced any new signings for the 2024 season, though Giorgio Probo has more or less been confirmed. The club has also seen several players depart the club at the conclusion of 2023. Several attackers have left, most notably Joao Morelli, who retired shortly after the season concluded.
At the time of writing, Halifax has 13 returning players for the 2024 campaign. They will certainly need some reinforcement up front, with Tiago Coimbra being the only forward in the team right now.
As we are still more than two months before the opening weekend of the Canadian Premier League season, all eight clubs still have lots of runway in which to announce new players.With Adighibe closing in on joining the Halifax Wanderers, the club will hope to build on the solid performances of last year.