Sports Correspondent – The News
KARACHI: After a long wait Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) finally got the ‘No Objection Certificate’ for their Nigerian striker Oludeyi Abayomi, who has been hired for the ongoing Premier League, on Sunday.
“We received a copy of the NOC from the government today,” KESC Sports Manager Zabe Khan told ‘The News’ on Tuesday.
“The interior ministry wrote to Pakistan’s embassy in Nigeria on September 23 for visa for the player. Hopefully the striker will get visa in the next few days. Then we will send him the ticket and he will become part of our team in the Premier League after Eid,” Zabe said.
It is a great breakthrough for Pakistan’s football as Abayomi will be the first foreign professional footballer to be playing in the Premier League.
The Nigerian’s induction in the Premier League is expected to help KESC improve their standing.
KESC are currently leading the chart with 18 points from eight matches. The move might motivate other departments to hire foreigners for the Premier League, which would boost the quality of the marathon. The corporate sector is also likely to start taking interest in the country’s top league.
KESC have hired the services of the Nigerian for Rs55,000 per month.
“The Nigerian will boost our frontline and we now stand a good chance to improve our ranking,” KESC coach Akbar Ali told this correspondent.