Okon Europe

SuperSport United’s Ime Okon. Image: SuperSport United website

Ime Okon likely to move to Europe, says SuperSport boss

SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews says top clubs in Europe have inquired about Ime Okon and Shandre Campbell.

Okon Europe

SuperSport United’s Ime Okon. Image: SuperSport United website

SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews says young defender Ime Okon will likely play in Europe next season.

The 20-year-old has impressed ever since making his debut for the club two years ago.

In January, it was reported that Okon had undergone trials in Europe.

Another young player who has impressed under Gavin Hunt this season is attacking midfielder Shandre Campbel.

Matthews said both players could leave for Europe by July.

“Ime(Okon) will probably make his way to Europe in July already because there is interest. With Shandre maybe after one or two seasons for but he will definitely leave SuperSport to play top-flight football in Europe,” he said.

“He (Campbell) is good enough we have already had inquiries from top clubs in Europe … Champions League level. But Shandre is still young and still has a lot to learn in his game and still has to improve,” Matthews was quoted on Citizen.

Ime Okon could play his football in Europe next season

“He started nicely, he’s scoring and making goals. He’s showing glimpses of what we know he’s going to become. I think Shandre will go on to be one of the best graduates from our development. I can’t think of nothing better for him to leave our shores like Bongani Khumalo did by going straight to Europe.”

Okon has shown maturity and quality since his breakthrough into the SuperSport first team and could be ready for Europe. He even captained the club once this season during their CAF Confederation match.

There has been speculation about his future international career, as he is eligible to play for both South Africa and Nigeria. The 20-year-old is yet to decide but should he move to Europe, Okon might look fancy Nigeria over Bafana Bafana.