The 21-year-old has entrusted his future to the Castle Lords after an impressive debut season in the Dutch premier league
Nigeria’s goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has signed a new contract with Sparta Rotterdam that will keep him with the Eredivisie until 2025.
A year ago, after his contract with Fortuna Düsseldorf expired, Okoye moved to Rotterdam for free, where he continued to develop his game within three years.
The 21-year-old first played two games for the reserve team of the Tweede Divisie before breaking into Henk Fraser’s team and has established himself as the team’s regular goalkeeper.
Okoye crowned his debut season in the Dutch premier league with impressive performances between the sticks and was named Player of the Season by Sparta Rotterdam for the 2020/21 season.
After his engagement with the Sparta Stadium team on Wednesday, the Super Eagles shot stopper announced that he was able to meet last season’s goals, including Nigeria’s No. 1 goalkeeper.
“When I signed with Sparta, I did it with clear goals. I wanted to develop and become the first goalkeeper in the Eredivisie and for the Super Eagles, ”Okoye said on the club’s website.
“So after the first season I can’t help but be satisfied, but I’m definitely not done here yet. I really enjoy my time at Sparta and feel valued by my teammates and supporters. In my first year I have already experienced many wonderful moments here, I hope that in the next season we will add even more moments to a full castle. “
After the pre-season friendly against Willem II on Saturday, Sparta Rotterdam starts its 2021/22 season with an Eredivisie trip to Utrecht on August 15th.
Meanwhile, the club’s technical director, Henk van Stee, hinted that the new deal is an attempt to stave off transfer interest in Okoye.
“He proved us right last season. With ten goals conceded in 28 games, he contributed to the club’s eighth place and was even voted Player of the Season by the fans, ”said Van Stee.
“He made great strides last season and is also the first goalkeeper for the Nigerian national team. Of course that aroused great interest in him, but we both had the intention to stay longer and are very happy that we are extending his contract. “