Joseph Akpala transfers to SV Werder

22.08.2012, 10:17:26 Uhr

Nigerian attacker Joseph Akpala played four years with FC Brugge in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League.
Ten days before the end of transfer period, SV Werder Bremen once again added reinforcements in acquiring 25-year-old attacker Joseph Akpala from FC Brugge.

"We always said that we would look on the transfer market until 31 August if we could find something useful offensively. We are happy that we could convince Joseph Akpala for SV Werder. He will increase the competition within the team. And of course we hope he can score the odd goal," said a satisfied Werder manager Klaus Allofs about the transfer of the Nigerian.

Akpala will wear the Green-Whites jersey for four years. "Joseph has proven in many games that he is a physically strong striker, who profits especially from his quickness. He is very present and dangerous in the opposition's box. And we will experience him like that with SV Werder as well," said head coach Thomas Schaaf about having another option in the attack.

Akpala, who turns 26 on Friday, was born in Jos, Nigeria and left his home club Bendel Insurance in 2006 for Charleroi, where he played for 2.5 years. After winning the Belgian goal scoring crown in 2007-08, Akpala moved to FC Brugge and played 161 games in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League and scored 63 matches. In European action, the Nigerian has scored 11 times in 33 appearances. Akpala has earned five caps for the Nigerian Super Eagles. His only goal - and the 1-0 winner - came on 2 June 2009 in a friendly in France. He last played for Nigeria on 11 August 2010 against South Korea for head coach Augustine Eguavoen.

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