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Nigerian goalkeeper Akpan joins Hoang Anh Gia Lai

Update: October, 26/2011 - 08:56

New signing: Nigerian goalkeeper Bassey Akpan has signed a one-year contract with V-League side Hoang Anh Gia Lai. — File Photo

New signing: Nigerian goalkeeper Bassey Akpan has signed a one-year contract with V-League side Hoang Anh Gia Lai. — File Photo

HA NOI — Nigerian goalkeeper Bassey Akpan has signed a one-year contract with V-League side Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

At the age of 27, Akpan has already made many domestic and international achievements.

In 2001, he represented the Nigerian U-17 squad at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championships that took place in Trinidad & Tobago. His team lost in the final, but Akpan was named goalkeeper of the tournament.

In 2009, he was a member of the Nigerian club Bayelsa United that won the Nigeria Premier League championship.

A year later, the 1.86m tall goalie moved to Nigerian club Heartland and helped them finish second in the 2010 African Champions League.

In the 2011 season, Akpan played a total of 30 matches for Heartland in Nigeria's Premier League.

He made his international senior debut on March 3, 2010 as a late substitute in a 5-2 win over Congo. He was also Nigeria's number one goalkeeper during their victory at the 2010 West African Football Union Cup.

The two-time V-League champions have also signed a one-year contract with Korean coach Choi Yoon-gyum. — VNS

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