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banner Thursday, 21 February, 2002, 12:27 GMT
Amokachi joins Rapids
Amokachi in the thick of the action against Argentina at the 1996 Olympics
The mid-90s were Amokachi's peak playing years
By BBC Sport Online's Hassan Kiawu.

After a long chase, Colorado Rapids in America's Major League Soccer have finally signed Nigerian star, Daniel Amokachi.

The Rapids have been after the former Super Eagle since last season when the player was still nursing an injury in Germany.

The Rapids have been searching for a top striker to sharpen their attacking line-up.

  Club career
Bruge 1990-95
Everton 1995-97
Besiktas 1997-00
Rapids 2002+
They beleive Amokachi has the qualities they are looking for.

Coach Tim Hankinson said the player is bringing an impressive pedigree to his team.

"His breakaway speed and his ability to get in behind defences will be a threat to every defender in the MLS," he said.

Amokachi's coming to the MLS has put him under America's media spotlight.

He is the highest profile African player to join a US club.

Details of his contract have not been made public.

Amokachi was last seen in action in 1998 with Turkish club side Besiktas, which he joined from English Premiership side Everton.

He was a member of Nigeria's 1996 team won gold at the Atlanta Olympic games.

He played 45 games for Nigeria including two World Cup appearance at USA '94 and France '98.

But a serious knee injury suffered in 1998 kept him out of first team action for almost four years.

Amokachi is expected to travel to Portugal for the final phase of the Rapid's spring training. The MLS season starts on March 23.

See also:

20 Feb 02 |  Africa
Oneya backs Shaibu's dismissal
19 Feb 02 |  World Cup
Nigeria roll out WC plan
18 Oct 01 |  Africa
Amokachi wants US return
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