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Selangor snap up former Parma product Ugo Ukah for Malaysia Cup

Selangor FA have secured the services of Nigerian defender Ugo Ukah to replace the axed Robbie Cornthwaite ahead of the second half of the domestic season, which begins with the Malaysia Cup on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old joins the Red Giants from Greek club Kalloni just days before the transfer window closes on July 15, and will mostly likely form the heart of defence alongside Shahrom Kalam.

Selangor will mark the Italian-born centre-back 11th club throughout his 15-year career which started off with Italy's U.S. Brescello in 2001.

"Happy to announce I'm a Selangor player in the Malaysian Super League. I would like to thank God and my family for keep providing me love and support in my life," Ukah was quoted by completesportsnigeria.com.

The former Parma youth product will add bags of experience to the Selangor central defence that also has 30-year-old Shahrom and 31-year-old Razman Roslan, both Malaysia internationals.

The journeyman's former stints include English Championship side Queens Park Rangers and in Poland with Widzew Lodz where he made 113 appearances over a five-year period until 2012.

Ukah, who has scored three goals throughout his professional career, has one Nigeria cap, earned against Zambia in 2011.

His signing may not spell the end of Selangor's transfer activity, with the Klang Valley club reportedly on the lookout for a striker to replace the on-loan Patrick 'Ronaldinho' Wleh and under-performing Argentine, Mauro Olivi.

The Malaysia Cup defending champions will open their Group B campaign against Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday in a much awaited Klang Valley derby before hosting PDRM FA four days in the Malaysia Super League. Both matches will be played at Shah Alam Stadium.

The new season format will see the Malaysia Cup run simultaneously with the MSL, instead of after the league campaign. Selangor won the 2015 Malaysia Cup after defeating Kedah FA 2-0 in December's final.

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