Alex Nimely Moves to Norway

Liberian-born striker Alex Tchuimeni Nimely has moved to Norway to join Norwegian top flight club, Stabaek Football Club.

The former Manchester City striker has teamed up with “The Blue Ones” after leaving Romanian club Viitorul Constanța at the end of his short-term contract. Nimely signed a one-year deal with the Norwegian side and was unveiled to fans on Saturday, April 1.

The 25-year-old was handed the number 20 shirt as he promised to give the club all of his best.

In an interview posted on the club’s official website, Nimely said he was excited about joining the club and wants to help them improve than their performance in 2016.

“I have ambitions as a player, that’s why I am here,” Nimely said. “We should [be] better than last season. It is a pleasure to be here and I cannot wait to get started. I’m a team player and the most important thing is to help the team win. I will work hard.”

The Norwegian top tier league kicked off over the weekend without Nimely making an appearance despite joining the club before their first match against Aalesund. The 25-year-old will have to wait on the sideline until he receives his work permit.

Nimely has previously represented England at the under-20 level. He made three appearances for the “Young Three Lions,” scoring once. He was once tipped as one of the brightest future stars of English football, but never became a member of Manchester City’s first team and that was a major setback to his career.

In October 2016, he accepted an invitation to play for Liberia in a friendly encounter away at Kenya. However, he was denied the chance of making his Liberia debut due to the absence of his Liberian passport.

With Liberia set to participate in the qualifiers of the 2019 African Nations Cup, the addition of Nimely in the attacking position could help strengthen the attack, especially when paired with the goal machine William Jebor.

Featured photo courtesy of Stabaek Football Club

T Kla Wesley Jr.

T. Kla Wesley Jr. is a member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

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