Victor Obinna (left) in action for West Ham. Photo: AP

Cape Town City’s tendency to do things big in order to capture the imagination of the football public continued unabated on Tuesday night.

Just when everybody thought the close of the transfer market would quiet things down, the noisy Cape PSL club sprang a surprise when announcing experienced, much-travelled Nigerian striker Victor Obinna as a new signing.

The 30-year-old has played extensively in Europe over the last 12 years. In 2005, he had a spell with Chievo in Italy, after which he moved on to Inter Milan in the Serie A.

He also went on to play for Malaga in Spain, West Ham in England, Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia and MSV Duisburg and SV Darmstadt in Germany. Now, as a free agent, Obinna was able to seal a deal with City outside the transfer window.

City boss John Comitis is ecstatic at having been able to lure a striker of such calibre to the Mother City.

“Arguably, one of the highest players I’ve ever signed with regard to level and quality,” said the City chairman. “It shows that we take winning seriously. The arrival of Benni (McCarthy) as coach has opened Europe to Cape Town.

“Obinna will complete our attacking combinations. He’s versatile, both left and right-footed, and he’s a committed footballer.”


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