Swedish club, Hammarby Fotball have completed the signing of former Nigeria U-17 midfielder on a 4-year deal from Lagos based club Sidos FC.
Amoo whose playing in Europe experienced a delay due to football age limit did not hesitate in turning his dream to reality a day after he turned 18 and eligible to sign a professional contract although talks and terms to secure his service were already in progress before he put pen to paper.
A statement released on Hammarby website revealed that the player has had two years prior experience with the club as they have also sought early consent with his next of kin in the event that Amoo will join the club when he turns 18 and are now glad to finally register him.
“We have worked with Amoo, or “Akin” as he is called, for the past two years. There has been some interest from other clubs, but during the time we have known each other we have built a strong relationship and we are very happy that Akin chose us”
“Our coaching staff, our players and not least Mikael Hjelmberg and Wadda Tamimi have been extremely involved in making Akin feel like part of the family at Arsta.”
“With Akin, we get into an explosive, skilful and offensive player with a nice left foot. But we have to remember that he has just turned 18, so we should have patience and work together to further develop Akin’s excellence.”
The club president, Henrik Kindlund described his fulfilment over the young star decision to choose Hammarby despite his free will to sign for one of the numerous top clubs on his tail.
“We have had an agreement with Amoo and his family, that if he wants to choose us when he is 18, he is welcome to Hammarby, said Kindlund.
“Although we have a tough time in these corona times, we have felt that we need to stand by our word and that is why we have chosen to go ahead and sign an agreement with Amoo.”
“In addition to the purely moral we have also spent a lot of time to follow and develop Amoo as a player, it would feel tough to throw that effort overboard now.”Kindlund concluded
The club also stated that Amoo will remain in Nigeria for the meantime due to coronavirus pandemic but will process his visa to join the club after international travel restriction has been lifted.
Amoo was part of the team that won the 2018 U-17 WAFU Zone B Tournament in Niger scoring three goals before featuring in Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in 2019 where he scored one goal after playing five games. He also helped Nigeria reach the round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2019.