Nigerian youngster Noah Okafor signs pro deal with FC Basel

Noah Okafor - Basel
The teenager has been tied to a two-and-a-half years deal with the Swiss top-flight champions

Noah Okafor has signed his first professional contract with Swiss giants, FC Basel in a deal that runs through till the summer of 2020.

The winger, of Nigerian descent, was rewarded for his superb displays in the youth rank and has become a member of Raphael Wicky's side. He will wear the no. 11 jersey.

Okafor, 17, has been with the Swiss Super League side since he was eight, coming through the ranks. He scored twice, laying four others in five Uefa Youth League games with the U19 side this season.

A member of Switzerland U18 side, the youngster is described as a 'very versatile player', according to sporting director Marco Streller.

The club's personnel was also excited as the teenager committed his future to the club, despite interests from top European sides.

"Noah is a very versatile player, a great talent from our own ranks," said Streller.

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"Many top clubs in Europe showed a real interest in him, so we are very happy that he has made the commitment to FCB and that we have been able to retain him."

Okafor will be looking to help the second-placed Basel retain their league title and also progress past Manchester City in the knockout stage of the Uefa Champions League.

The Swiss youth international is still eligible to play for Nigeria.