Exclusive – Ex Nigeria Youth International Lukman Zakari Joins Latvian Side Metta On Short Term Deal


Former Nigeria youth international defender Lukman Zakari has arrived Latvia for training with his new team FS Metta after signing a short term deal, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.


Zakari was the star defender in the Nigeria U17 team that won the 2015 World Youth Championship with his performance earning him a spot in the final team of the tournament.

He agreed a deal to join Tunisian side Sfaxien but a transfer ban slammed on the club by FIFA and a change in the management of the team claimed the move one year ago.

A proposed move to another Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel failed to materialise shortly after the ball playing defender emerged as one of the bright spots of the Nigeria U20 team that failed to qualify for the last edition of the Africa U20 Cup of Nations.

His deal with Metta of Latvia is a short term deal for an initial period of the reminder of the season and the Kaduna born defender arrived Latvia yesterday to begin his stint at the club.

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Rated as one of the best emerging defenders from Africa few years ago, the Unity Academy prospect will no doubt secure a high profile move if he progresses as expected when he start to play in games for his new club.

Daniel Martins