In a significant announcement, Dutch Eredivisie outfit Willem II has decided against renewing the contract of seasoned striker Bartholomew Ogbeche, as reported by the esteemed French daily L’Equipe. The 33-year-old former Nigerian international, who inked a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club in January 2016, is set to part ways with the team as his existing agreement expires this summer.
Despite Ogbeche’s commendable performance, where he netted nine goals in 16 Eredivisie League appearances this season, Willem II has opted not to extend his stay. This decision comes amidst the club’s current standing at the 14th position in the Eredivisie table. Their upcoming fixture against Utrecht on Saturday adds an element of anticipation, as Willem II aims to navigate the challenges that lie ahead.
The seasoned footballer, who initiated his professional journey with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) during his teenage years, boasts an illustrious career that spans across various international leagues. Ogbeche’s notable contributions extend to clubs such as Al-Jazeera in the United Arab Emirates, Alavés, Valladolid, Cadiz, and Xerez in Spain, Kavala in Greece, Middlesbrough in England, and Cambuur.
In addition to his club endeavors, Ogbeche donned the national colors of Nigeria during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, representing his country in two gripping encounters. As the curtains draw on his current tenure with Willem II, the footballing community awaits the next chapter in Bartholomew Ogbeche’s storied career.