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Peter Olayinka Joins Belgium Side Zulte Waregem



Belgium side Zulte Waregem have completed the loan signing of 21-year-old Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka from KAA Gent.

Olayinka began his professional career in Army children with (Baba Boss) in Ibadan before moving to Lagos-based 36 Lion FC football foundation and in January 2012 Olayinka joined Albanian Superliga side Bylis Ballsh, where he at first joined the club’s under-19s due to being just 17-years of age at the time.

He was elevated to the senior team under Agim Canaj amid the 2012–13 season, and he made his professional debut on 20 October 2012 in an Albanian Superliga game against Luftëtari Gjirokastër.

The 21-year-old had allegedly agreed to terms with FK Kukësi but on 28 August 2014 he agreed to another term with Albanian champions Skënderbeu Korçë and was seen as a substitute for Pero Pejić who move to FK Kukësi.

Olayinka transfer to Skënderbeu was intensely questioned by FK Kukësi and its president Safet Gjici, who likewise appealed the move to the Albanian Football Association and reported the player to the police. Olayinka joined the Skënderbeu squad ahead of the 2014–15 season, and he played his first game for the club in a 0–0 away draw at Apolonia Fier on 19 September.

He spent the most recent 12 months on loan to Czech Republic side Dukla Prague after injury robbed him off the opportunity to command a first team action with Gent taking after his turn from Albania side ‎Skenderbreu in January 2016.

Last season he scored six goals from 22 games as he keeps on working his way to full fitness, an ascent he is hoping will continue after his move to Zulte Waregem where he will team up with fellow countryman Kingsley Madu and Aliko Bala.

“This is a new season in a new league,” Olayinka said after he completed his loan move.The Belgian league is higher (than that of Czech Republic) and I wish to adapt as quickly as possible to a new league so that I can show what I am capable of.

“I want to do better than last season and score more goals.” He said.

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