Buriram striker leaves for Bundesliga

Newly-promoted Bundesliga side Greuther Furth have completed a one-year loan deal for Buriram United striker Frank Ohandza.

Football News: Frank Ohandza, Buriram United

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

The 20-year-old joined Buriram last year and played a starring role as they completed a memorable domestic treble, winning the Thai Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Ohandza also won the Golden Boot in the league after finishing the campaign as the top scorer with 19 goals, but his progress has been halted this season after picking up a leg injury in May.

Nonetheless, it has failed to deter Furth, who annouced they had signed him on a one-year loan deal on Monday, with an option for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

In a press release on the official Kleeblatter website, the club also revealed they had beaten a number of other European clubs to his signature.

"Greuther Furth have secured the services of Frank Ohandza," the statement read. "The Cameroon U-20 international has signed initially on a one-year deal from Thailand's Buriram United.

"This comes after extensive negotiations over a long period as the player was also courted by top Scandinavian clubs."

Furth president Helmut Hack revealed he had high hopes for his new signing, although he was keen to stress the club would not be rushing him straight into first-team action when he recovers from injury.

"Frank is without question a great striking talent," Hack said. "We will introduce him in the next few months with a targeted program and let him play first with the U-23 side."

Ohandza represented Cameroon at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring one goal in four appearances.

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