Nigerian forward Victor Obinna joins SV Darmstadt on a free transfer

Nigerian forward Victor Obinna has completed his transfer to Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt after impressing during his initial trial period.

Nigerian forward Victor Obinna joins SV Darmstadt on a free transfer
Obinna brings experience from various leagues to the ranks of SV Darmstadt. (Photo: SV Darmstadt)

Bundesliga outfit SV Darmstadt have completed the signing of Nigerian international forward Victor Obinna, who put pen to paper on a one-year deal after impressing during an initial trial period with the club.

Obinna spent the 2015/16 season with MSV Duisburg, who were relegated from the 2. Bundesliga via the relegation play-off after they succumbed to a 4-1 defeat on aggregate against third division side Würzburger Kickers. The Nigerian was in fact sent off in the 89th minute of the second leg, meaning that he will be unable to play any part in Darmstadt's first four games of the new season.

Speaking to the club's official website after unveliing Obinna as a Darmstadt player, head coach Norbert Meier stated that his new signing is "a very good football player", and is a man that "already has experience at big clubs" after playing for clubs such as Inter Milan, Malaga and West Ham United.

The 29-year-old also boasts international experience, racking up up 46 appearances and 11 goals for the Nigerian national side over his career thus far, with his inclusion in their squad for the 2010 World Cup a notable achievement for the attacker.

Obinna spent the 2010/11 season on loan at West Ham United, scoring three goals in 25 appearances. (Photo: The Guardian)
Obinna spent the 2010/11 season on loan at West Ham United, scoring three goals in 25 appearances. (Photo: The Guardian)

Obinna himself also spoke to the club's official website upon joining, saying that it was "always my desire to play in the Bundesliga" and that he is "very happy" to have joined the ranks of Die Lilien for the 2016/17 season.

The signing is Darmstadt's sixth of the current transfer windowthus far, after deals for Immanuel Höhn, Artem Fedetsky, Michael Esser, Daniel Heuer Fernandes and Antonio Colak were completed earlier in the window.

Head coach Meier will hope that Obinna is able to add attacking intent to his side, who finished 14th in the Bundesliga last season with just two points seperating them from the dreaded relegation play-off contested by 16th placed side Eintracht Frankfurt.