Arsenal’s Ovie Ejeheri has joined Finnish side SJK Seinajoki on loan for the remainder of the season, after concluding his spell with Chelmsford City.

Ovie Ejeheri signing for SJK Seinajoki (Photo via
Ovie Ejeheri signing for SJK Seinajoki (Photo via

After David Ornstein broke the news this morning, Arsenal confirmed that 19-year-old goalkeeper Ovie Ejeheri will join SJK Seinajoki in Finland for the remainder of the season.

This loan move is seen as an ideal opportunity for Ejeheri to test himself at a high level. SJK are competing in the Championship Group in the Veikkausliiga in Finland, fighting for European qualification.

That’s a major step forward from playing in the sixth tier in England, which was where Ejeheri was playing his football with Chelmsford City.

The young goalkeeper made 25 appearances for Chelmsford, keeping 12 clean sheets. He even earned a reputation as a bit of a penalty-save specialist, after keeping out two spot-kicks in two games.

Ejeheri won Chelmsford’s Player of the Month award in November and helped them up to fourth in the table for a promotion charge.

As much as the fans were sad to see him go, Ejeheri’s loan to Chelmsford was always due to expire this month, and he now has the chance to play top-flight football.

Ejeheri is the fourth Arsenal loanee to swap one loan club for another this month, following Arthur Okonkwo (Crewe Alexandra to SK Sturm Graz), Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Rotherham United to Coventry City), and Miguel Azeez (UD Ibiza to Wigan Athletic).

Ovie Ejeheri warming up with the Arsenal u23s (Photo by Dan Critchlow)
Ovie Ejeheri warming up with the Arsenal u23s (Photo by Dan Critchlow)

In addition to his development on a club basis, Ornstein reports that Uganda, England, and Nigeria are all keeping tabs on Ejeheri for their respective national teams.

Uganda were keen on calling up Ejeheri for an AFCON qualifier last June, and England have watched him train at Arsenal. But Nigeria are leading the race, and he’s already in head coach Jose Peseiro’s thoughts.