- Croatian first-division team NK Istra has made a significant addition to their roster by signing Salim Fago Lawal, a promising talent from Nigeria's FC Mavlon football academy.
The 20-year-old striker has penned a three-year contract, committing to remain at Stadion Aldo Drosina until the summer of 2026.
While the financial aspects of the deal remain undisclosed, Lawal's talent has been recognised after his impressive performances as a member of the Flying Eagles squad.
The young striker garnered attention during the FIFA U20 World Cup earlier this year when he played a crucial role in Nigeria's journey to the quarterfinals.
One notable highlight was his crucial opening goal in the remarkable 2-0 victory over Italy.
Although Lawal did not add more goals to his tally, his all-round displays on the field captured the attention of football enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the Flying Eagles could not advance further, losing to South Korea and exiting the tournament.
Lawal's focus will now shift to his new challenge with NK Istra, where he will aim to continue his development and contribute to the team's success.
The Croatian club will look to build on last season's 5th-place finish in the SuperSport HNL, Croatia's top-tier football division.