Stephen Odey: Nigeria striker cleared for FC Zurich move

Nigerian striker Stephen Odey
Stephen Odey will be playing for Swiss club FC Zurich until the end of the 2020/2021 season

Nigerian striker Stephen Odey, 19, has been cleared by Fifa to sign for Swiss club FC Zurich.

He has signed from Nigerian side MFM FC Lagos on a four-year deal.

He has been training with the club as he waited for international clearance, because his transfer registration failed to beat the August 31 deadline.

"Stephen has proven himself as a goal scorer and a national player at the age of 19," FC Zurich's sporting director Thomas Bickel said.

"We are glad that he wants to take the next step with us."

The news comes after football's world governing body, Fifa, ruled that Portugal's Adrien Silva could not complete his move from Sporting Lisbon to Leicester City as his paperwork was submitted 14 seconds late.

"According to our legal team, the two cases are based on different facts and we are not in a position to comment further," a Fifa spokesperson told BBC Sport.

Odey was MFM FC's top scorer in the 2016 Nigerian league season with nine before following that up last season with 18 to emerge as the league's second-highest scorer.

His impressive form caught the eyes of Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr and he swiftly made his international debut for the Super Eagles as a late substitute in the 3-0 friendly win over Togo in Paris in June.

FC Zurich are currently second on the Swiss top flight table with 17 points from 10 matches, six points behind leaders Young Boys

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