Ekpo joins Norwegian top club

Emmanuel Ekpo

Former Nigeria U-23 midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo has moved to Norway, where he signed a three-year deal with the country’s top division club, Molde FK.

A statement on the club website said, Ekpo, who signed as a free agent after playing for Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, would remain with the club till the end of 2014 season.

“Molde welcome Ekpo to the club and we wish him good luck,” the statement said.

After his exploit in the age-grade football, Ekpo had his Super Eagles debut against Argentina in a friendly match, which Nigeria lost 3-0. He was on for 20 minutes of the game.

The former Akwa United and Enyimba player moved to the MLS on April 15, 2008 to sign for Columbus Crew. After scoring his first goal for the club against Colorado Rapids two months after his arrival, he helped the team win the 2008 MLS Cup. He had over 80 caps for the club in his stay over three seasons.

In joining the Norwegian club, Ekpo is teaming up with another Nigerian player, Daniel Chukwu, and former Manchester United midfielder, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is the manager.

Solskjaer had 42 caps and 31 goals for the club between 1994 and 1996 before joining United. He returned as the manager in 2011, having managed United’s Team B since retirement in 2008.

The club will rely on their new signing to retain their first ever Norwegian Premier League title and play in the Champions League next season.

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