Portuguese top division side Boavista have won the race for the signature of highly rated 18 year old Nigerian forward Taofiq Jibril, popularly called “Nigerian Benzema”.
Taofiq was invited by SC Braga for trials as exclusively reported by Owngoalnigeria.com on the 19th of September, but while they were pondering on offering him a deal, Boavista stepped in and offered him one after trials.
Boavista have agreed a deal in principle with his owners for a three year deal, which will be made official in January, after his fine performances during a period of trials with the club.
A late omission from the Nigerian team that conquered the world at the World Youth Championship in 2015, he will be hoping to better the records of the Nigerian trio of Rueben Gabriel, Uche Nwofor and Michael Uchebo who were all released by the club in the summer.
Meanwhile, another Nigerian has arrived Portugal in person of 18 year old Okolie Kenechukwu Charles, and will undergo trials in the coming weeks before a decision will be made on his possible signing.
Just like Taofiq, Charles was spotted and groomed by popular and fast rising Kaduna based coach Chuba Shedrack, who played for the likes of Plateau United and Kaduna United during his playing days.