Ajax hires Pius Ikedia to FC Groningen

Pius Ikedia will play for FC Groningen this season. The Nigerian forward will be hired out by Ajax for one season. As usual Ajax does not disclose financial details of the agreement.

Pius Ikedia made his first appearance for the first team of Ajax in the away game against AZ (2-1to Ajax) on November 28 1999. He played 25 league matches for the team from Amsterdam en contributed two goals. With two Amstel Cup matches, five European Cup matches and 23 test matches (with seven goals), his total for Ajax is 55 matches and nine goals.

Last season Ikedia not only won the national title and the Amstel Cup with Ajax’s first team, he also contributed to the national championship of the second team, coached by Jan Olde Riekerink.

Two years prior to his coming to Ajax Ikedia made his debut for the national team of Nigeria. Since 1997 he earned 12 caps.

The past summer Ikedia played in the World Cup in Korea and Japan. Ikedia participated in the three group matches against Sweden, England and Argentina but could not prevent Nigeria finishing last in Group F.