Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has terminated his contract with Danish Super Liga side SonderjyskE by mutual agreement.
The 28-year-old teamed up with the Sydbank Park outfit in October with an option to extend the deal by two more years.
The midfielder joined SonderjyskE in an effort to regain match fitness after rupturing his Achilles tendon during his time with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor.
The injury forced him out of football action for more than a year and when he returned, he left the club to join rivals Denizlispor in January on a six-month deal before signing for SonderjyskE.
Since teaming up with the Sydbank Park outfit, Onazi has struggled for game time and only managed to feature three times for the club.
The Nigeria international has now ended his stay with the Danish side and the club’s sports director Hans Jorgen Haysen has praised him for his contribution.
“There is not a finger to put on Onazi’s efforts in SonderjyskE. He has been a professional to the tips of his toes,” Haysen told the club website.
“He has fitted in well with the group with his dedication and he has also scooped out his experience to the young players on the team.
“He came with a backlog from an injury, but he has been in almost all training sessions with us, and also earned a starting place in the Sydbank Cup and a few innings in the 3F Super League.
“However, it did not turn out quite as he and we had hoped, and he himself has expressed that he might fit better into another league than the 3F Superliga, and he now has the opportunity to try it out.
“We thank him for his efforts in the light blue jersey and wish him all the best for the future.”
Onazi started his European career with Lazio, where he spent four years and delivered spectacular performances during his time with the club.
Onazi was tipped as next big thing when he first shot to limelight at Italian side Lazio before breaking into his country’s senior side by winning the African Cup of Nations in 2013 and playing at the 2014 World Cup.
But his brilliant run in Brazil was ended by a late tackle from Blaise Matuidi during France’s win over the Super Eagles in the round of 16.
It started a litany of injuries in his career and came to the fore when he ruptured his achilles at Turkish side Trabzonspor in December 2016.
He played for Nigeria at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup on home soil and has scored once since making his senior debut against Liberia in October 2012.
Onazi, who has 51 international caps, has not played for the three-time African champions since 2018 due to poor form and fitness issues.