Karekezi comes out of retirement to seal one year contract with triborg

Olivier Karekezi

AFTER successful undergoing a knee surgery, former Amavubi skipper Olivier Karekezi has comes out of retirement to sign a one-year contract with Sweden’s third level Division South one club Trelleborg FF.

In a club statement posted on trelleborgsff.se website, the club said, “It is with great pleasure that Trelleborg FF can present to you Olivier Karekezi as new acquisitions for the season 2014,”

Karekezi, 30-year old who scored 18 goals in 60 matches with Helsingborg in 2000 has secured a professional with a third Swedish club in his career after stint at Helnsiborg and Baltic as well.

Karekezi said yesterday, “After having a successful surgery, I was advised by my Helsingborg friend and coach Roar Ohisson to sign for Trelleborg as I work on my coaching license. Trelleborg will help me pursue my coaching certificate as I also play for them,”

“I am starting rehabilitation on February 20 and hopefully after one year, I will be able to know what to do next,” added Karekezi.

Trelleborgs FF has participated 17 times in Allsvenskan and once in the UEFA Cup where the team eliminated Blackburn Rovers in the same season Rovers won the English Premier League.

Karekezi joins Gambia’s Dawda Ngum who has been the only African player featuring in the club.

Trelleborgs which is targeting promotion to second division league is placed third with 45 points, 11 points behind leaders Husqvarna FF in 26 matches played this season.

Last month, Karekezi hanged his boots after attaining a knee injury while playing for his side Athletique Bizertin against Club Sfaxien in the Tunisian league.

Karekezi who had eight months left on his contract confirmed that he ended a 13-year football career of perhaps Rwanda’s most talented football player ever.

He had retired from Amavubi on August 25 after scoring a record 25 goals in 53 appearances.

Karekezi made his debut for Amavubi in 2000 during the 2-2 clash against Ivory Coast in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Karekezi has played in numerous international clubs like Helsingborgs IF in Sweden and from 2008-2009 he played for Hamarkameratene before joining Östers IF in 2010. He then returned to APR FC the following season before joining Northern African giants Bizertin AC.