Former Kenyan international McDonald Mariga is set to sign for Spanish second tier side Real Oviedo ahead of the new season that kicks off in mid-August, 2017.
The enforcer, capped 48 times at all levels for Kenya, and a UEFA Champions League winner with Italian side Inter Milan back in 2010, is currently in Spain ready to secure a deal with the Segunda Division side that ended last season placed eight. According to sources in Spain he has already joined the club for training
The team is coached by Linares-born Juan Antonio Albacete Anquela, 59, who joined the club at the onset of July from fellow Segunda B side Huesca to replace departing legend Fernando Hierro.
Anquela has been keen to revamp his outfit and sought the services of Mariga, among other players. Just recently the club roped in left back José María Angresola Jiménez, Mossa and attacking Italian midfielder Diego Fabbrini.
It will be Mariga’s second stop-off in Spain following a brief loan spell at LaLiga side Real Sociedad from Inter Milan at the start of the 2011–12 season.
Save for that detour to Spain, Mariga had been in Italy since making a move to Parma in August of 2007 on loan from Swedish top tier side Helsingborgs IF.
His loan deal was made permanent and he stayed on at the club till early 2010 where he joined Inter Milan in a co-ownership deal.
Prior to Helsingborgs he had been in the ranks of third tier side Enkopings since crossing over from Tusker in 2005. He only lasted a season then moved on up to Enkopings.
From January of 2013 Inter loaned him to Parma but was to return to Inter along with Jonathan Biabiany at the end of the season. He was however released by the club in May 2014 and in September re-signed with Parma. In January of 2016 he joined US Latina.
About Real Oviedo
Real Oviedo was founded in the year 1926 in the autonomous community of Asturias. The club hosts its games at the 30,500-seater Carlos Tartiere Stadium.
The club has featured in the top tier La Liga 38 times – the last in the season 2000/1 and 35 times in Segunda Division winning it five times.
Arsenal star Santi Carzola is one of the best known names to have passed through Real Oviedo’s supply chain.