According to the club, an agreement was reached for Akanbi to join Sheriff for a reported fee of €67, 500 after he passed his medical.

“The leadership of FC Sheriff and Nigerian striker Rashid Akanbi came to an agreement on cooperation. Today, after passing a medical examination, the player signed a personal agreement with the club,” the club stated in an official statement.

The deal also includes some performance-related add-ons, with Kocaelispor set to pocket €80k should Sheriff return to the UEFA Champions League group stages. They shocked La Liga giants Real Madrid last season.

Also, the club stand to make €40k with an appearance in the UEFA Europa League and €20k should they drop to the Conference League.

“Alhamdulillah. Delighted to be a part of this great family and ready to give the best of myself,” Akanbi posted on his Instagram page.

  • A brief on the Nigerian youngster

Akanbi was born on May 9, 1999, and spent his youth career at Lagos-based Future Pro Academy and England-based Buckwood Football Academy.

The 23-year-old spent the last three years in the Turkish Championship with Kocaelispor.

“The team of Sheriff welcomes Rashid and wishes him success in the yellow-black jersey of the club,” the club’s statement added.

Akanbi netted seven (7) goals and assisted two (2) more in 29 appearances last season for Kocaelispor in the Turkish Championship.


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