- Olisa Ndah has proven to be one of Orlando Pirates' best signings of the last 10 seasons
- His performances on the defence have seen him attract the attention of European clubs
- Had it not been for a recent injury, Ndah would have been plying his trade in the Serie A
Had it not been for injury, imposing defender, Olisa Ndah could have been playing in the Serie A.
It has emerged that Sassuolo had been on the verge of finalising a deal with Orlando Pirates for the outstanding Nigerian player.
According to Goal however, his agent, Mike Makaab revealed Ndah could not recover from the lengthy injury in time for a proposed move during the January transfer window.
The star's agent said to FARPost:
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Two stars almost come to blows to light up another dull Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates Soweto Derby
“There was an early interest in Olisa Ndah. He [Ndah] sustained an injury at the same time as the interest that came from Italy."
Ndah was unlucky enough to score an own goal last Saturday for the Buccaneers in a Soweto Derby match against Kaizer Chiefs.
The 89th-minute goal proved to be the difference as the Amakhosi completed a fifth consecutive win against their arch-rivals.
Many slammed the derby for proving to be another damp affair.
Soweto Derby threatens to erupt
Last week Saturday's Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs proved to be another let-down of a match, Sports Brief reported.
The Amakhosi won a fifth match in a row against the Bucs thanks to Ndah's own goal in the 89th minute of the match - probably the only highlight.
Surprisingly, despite the passionless nature of the 'boring and lifeless' match, it was reported the long-awaited derby kicked off with a fight.
Ndah nominated for prestigious award
Ndah's outstanding efforts for Pirates, in what was a let-down of a 2021/22 season for the club, have been recognised in Nigeria.
His towering presence in the Buccaneers' defence saw him selected for the Super Eagles' 2021 AFCON squad, Sports Brief reported.
Ndah joined the Orlando club at the beginning of that season from Nigerian club, Akwa United after not receiving game time.