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Real Betis sign Nigeria’s 2015 U-17 World Cup defender


Through a statement on their official website, La Liga side Real Betis have announced that Lukman Zakari was added to their roster before the close of the January transfer window, reports

The 2015 U17 World Cup-winning defender has joined the Andalusian outfit on loan with an option to buy from Latvian club FS Metta.

Zakari had penned a deal with Real Betis since August 2019 but the transfer was held up for several months due to paperwork.

He was an ever-present in the Golden Eaglets squad that won the World Cup five years ago, going the distance in all their seven matches during the tournament in Chile and helping the team keep four clean sheets.

Finidi George, Nosa Igiebor and Victor Ikpeba previously played for the first team of Real Betis, and Zakari will be hoping to follow in their footsteps. 

The 21-year-old Zakari is a product of Unity Football Club Kaduna.

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