Nhleko bolsters Viking raid

Norwegian UEFA Cup contenders Viking FK have signed South African international striker Nkosinathi Nhleko.

Two-and-a-half year deal
The 25-year-old, part of South Africa's 2002 FIFA World Cup squad, has agreed a contract until December 2007, subject to a work permit. Nhleko, who joins from Jomo Cosmos, previously represented Norway in the UEFA Cup with SK Brann, and has also played in the United States for FC Dallas.

Fair Play place
Viking gained entry to the UEFA Cup thanks to Norway topping UEFA's Fair Play rankings. Fifth in the Norwegian Premier Division, their UEFA Cup bid begins in the first qualifying round in mid-July, discovering their opponents on 24 June.

Kovács blow
However, they will be missing Hungarian international striker Péter Kovács, who suffered knee ligament damage in a league match at Ham-Kam Fotball, and is expected to be out for the rest of the year.