Akinade arrived in Ireland as a 7-year old in 2001, and in 2014 was convicted of a criminal offence which informed his deportation order. The order was made in March of 2016, but had been delayed by Akinade’s legal challenge.
He was due to present himself to the Garda National Immigration Bureau, but failed to attend.
It had been thought that his sudden departure from Waterford would see him return to Nigeria, but instead Akinade has opted to continue his career in Vietnam.
Reynolds told the Waterford site, “We signed him [Akinade] after gaining promotion two seasons ago and he scored some important goals for the club. We thank him for the hard work and efforts over the past 18 months. He’ll be missed on and off the pitch and was a really popular member of the squad.”
Few might have expected Akinade’s next port of call. Ho Chi Minh City currently sit top of the V.League 1, two-points clear of Hanoi FC.
Akinade was plunged straight into action for the club this afternoon, scoring the second in a 3-3 Vietnamese Cup draw with The Cong. Ho Chi Minh would win the tie 4-3 on penalties.
Speaking to Ho Chi Minh’s Facebook, Akinade told the club’s fans, “My first training session was quite intense, obviously the heat, I’ve never played in such heat. It was nice to get the know the guys and the coaching staff.
“It’s good to know the ambition of the club. We’re looking to win the league this year, and hopefully we can bring it home.”
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