Football Elite Series | On his way to Norwegian football after fleeing the war in Ukraine

Football Elite Series |  On his way to Norwegian football after fleeing the war in Ukraine

Antwi signed with Inhulets Petrove in Ukraine at the end of January, the club which ranks 13th in the Premier League, the top tier in the country. Just a month later, Russia fought a large-scale war of aggression against its neighbor in the West.

Antwi never made his debut with Inhulets before he had to flee town and country—through Poland—and from his homeland to Holland.

The 26-year-old made his way out of Ukraine to safety.

Now the winger is on his way to Norwegian football and the elite series. Thus he could become the first player to come to Norway as a direct result of the war in the country.

The online newspaper knows that all formalities are still not fully in place, but Antwi recently joined Gerf’s squad who are in a training camp in Spain awaiting a move in.

– We are in dialogue with a player who fled Ukraine. They contacted us when things went the way they did, Jerv General Manager Jon Ole Reinhardsen tells Nettavisen.

Clubs in Ukraine naturally have other things to think about these days. After FIFA’s decision this week to allow players contracted to clubs in Ukraine and Russia to find new employers, Gerf does not have to deal directly with Ingolets in the first place.

He’s a player we’ve looked at before and we think is good. Signed in January. Then the war came. As long as he has not signed the last papers, not everything is clear, Reinhardsen continues to talk about the player approaching the newly promoted club Elitzeren.

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The player trains with the team, but the club is ready for the formalities to take some time due to the circumstances surrounding the process.

The town of Petrove is located halfway between the cities of Kropyvnytskyi and Dnipro on the banks of the Inhulets River. The city is located between Kyiv and the southern coast of Ukraine.

Anthwi previously played for Utrecht and Volendam in the Netherlands. As well as clubs in Bulgaria and Egypt.

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