Nigerian striker George Akpabio has rejoined Israeli club Hapoel Katamon after he was granted compassionate leave to marry long-time heart-throb Norlyn Chika Echeta in Jos.
Former Plateau United forward joined Hapoel Katamon from Turkish side, Yeni Malatyaspor, scoring four goals in the campaign to help his side avoid relegation.
The wedding attracted some Nigeria players based in Europe who had returned home for break.
“I’m back in Israel for our pre-season,” Akpabio said to Scorenigeria.com.ng from his base on Tuesday.
“I returned (to Israel) on Wednesday, June 28. They have already started their pre-season but I was granted an extension because of my wedding.
“The players and officials were happy with me, they welcomed me well and wished me happy married life,” he reported.
“It was an emotional moment for me and I just have to reciprocate with hard work and goals in the coming season.”
By Sab Osuji