In a strategic move to reshape its squad, Dutch Eredivisie outfit Willem II has announced the release of Nigerian forward Bartholomew Ogbeche, along with five other players deemed surplus to requirements, according to reports from Completesportsnigeria.com.
The players affected by the decision are Eyong Enoch, Thom Haye, Darryl Lachman, Stefan van der Lei, and Gilano Wijnaldum. The official statement, released by the club on Tuesday via its official website, outlined the restructuring initiative and the departure of these players.
Ogbeche, a seasoned Nigerian forward who represented his country in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, joined Willem II from SC Cambur in January 2016. The 33-year-old striker faced challenges during his tenure at the club, contending with shoulder and cruciate ligament injuries.
Despite the setbacks, Ogbeche showcased his prowess on the field, making 20 league appearances for Willem II in the current season and netting 10 goals. His contributions, however, were not sufficient to secure his place in the club’s plans for the future.
With an extensive career that has seen him play for clubs in France, Greece, the UAE, Spain, and England, Ogbeche’s departure marks the end of a chapter for the Nigerian striker. Willem II aims to use this transition period to rejuvenate its squad and reinforce its competitive edge in the challenging Eredivisie.