Odemwingie’s Indonesian Deal 99% Done

Odemwingie’s Indonesian Deal 99% Done

By Johnny Edward:

Former Nigeria international, Peter Osaze Odemwingie, is set to complete move to East Java's Madura United in Indonesia's top tier Liga 1, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Odemwingie was released by Rotherham United in January after brief spell with Bristol City. He will become the second biggest signing ahead of the new season after Persib Bandung announced the signing ex-Chelsea star Michael Essien this week.

The 35-year-old Nigerian winger will undergo tests in the coming days in a few exhibition matches in Cilacap, Central Java, and Yogyakarta. The pre-season matches and a medical test on the 30th of March will determine whether the former Nigerian forward is fit for the team.

"The agreement with the player is 99 percent complete as we've agreed on the pre-contract conditions," Madura United team manager Haruna Soemitro said in an interview with id.qejuu.

"Odemwingie's quality conforms to the team's current needs, yet we need to see his performance during the preseason matches in Cilacap and Yogyakarta next week," he added.

"We will see in the series of the matches if he (Odemwingie) will adapt quickly.

"If it turns out he was not tuned with us of course we will look for other players."

The Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, recently announced that the 18 clubs of the Liga 1 have the right to sign only one foreign player, who must be a marquee one — who had played in the FIFA World Cup or for the European top flight leagues.