Nigerian national goalie to play for Vietnam club

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Nigeria's national football team goalkeeper Bassey Akpan on Thursday signed a one-year contract with V-League side Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL).

Bassey Akpan, who is 27 years old and stands 1.86 meters tall, won the Under-17 African Football Championship in 2001 and he and his team took the silver medal at the Under-17 World Cup contest the same year.

In 2010, he was in Nigeria's national team that won the West African Football Union trophy and Akpan himself won the "tournament's best player" title.

In 2009, he was a member of the Nigerian club Bayelsa United that won the Nigeria Premier League championship.

A year later, he played for Nigerian club Heartland, which finished second at the 2010 African Champions League.

Akpan also won Nigeria's National Football Cup with Heartland after they beat Enyimba 1-0 in the final match on September 25.

In the 2011 season, Akpan played a total 30 matches for Heartland in Nigeria's Premier League.

HAGL have also signed a two-year contract with Nigerian striker Oyiboaga Moses Orhie who is 24 years old and 1.90 meters tall.

The 2007-08 V-League champions have also signed a one-year contract with Korean coach Choi Yoon Gyum.

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