League two side Cambridge United have announced the signing of another Nigerian midfielder Emmanuel Osadebe on a two-year deal.
Already with Gillingham, Osadebe turns into the third player of Nigerians signed by Cambridge United in the off-season, joining U’s first summer signing David Amoo and Jabo Ibehre at the Abbey Stadium.
The 20-year-old midfielder joined Gillingham from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation College Program in May 2015 and made his Gillingham debut on 8 August 2015 in the team 4–0 win over Sheffield United where he was voted as the ” Man Of The Match”.
However, Osadebe had been ineligible to play with Gillingham having erroneously enlisted his former club with the Football League and the FA as Tottenham instead of Dundalk. Therefore, Gillingham got a £4,000 suspended fine, but managed to get away from points deduction.
It was later reported on 16 November 2015 that Osadebe had been called up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad for their international match against Norway. Osadebe parents hail from Nigeria and he is eligible to represent Nigeria if call upon as he is yet to commit his allegiance to Ireland national team.
Speaking to the official website, Osadebe said: “I’m very happy to be given the opportunity by Cambridge United so I’m very pleased to be here.
“From speaking to Shaun Derry, he spoke very well of the players already here and I was really interested in becoming a part of that group.
“I love to play as a box-to-box midfielder and I feel I can add energy in midfield.”