French side FC Metz have handed a contract extension to Algerian international Alexandre Oukidja after a stellar season for the club.
The talented goalkeeper has been in fine form in Ligue 1, helping steer away his club from the relegation zone with some match-winning saves.
The 31-year-old shotstopper made 96 saves to keep eight clean sheets from 27 outings, endearing himself to the fans.
The former LOSC Lille goalie was on contract till the summer of 2022 but the club has announced a one-year contract extension.
The one-time RC Strasbourg goalkeeper has expressed his delight following the contract extension.
“This extension is proof that the club trust me,” he told the club’s website.
He was deservedly voted the club’s player of the season ahead of the club’s lead scorer Habib Diallo and Fabien Centonze.
his certainly puts the veteran Algerian in a homely position ahead of next season and the keeper plans to reward his bosses for the trust.
“I intend to give back to the club and the hierarchy of the club for the confidence and trust they have in me,” Oukidja added.
The African Cup of Nations champion averaged three saves per game this season. He was back up to Rais Mboli in the Algeria team that beat Senegal in the 2019 AFCON final to claim the title.
FC Metz ended the season on the 15th spot largely thanks to the brilliance of the experienced keeper.
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By Mthokozisi Dube