Reggae Boyz’ striker Shamar Nicholson to play for Spartak Moscow

Shamar Nicholson
Shamar Nicholson (Photo credit: Twitter (@Shamarboza16))

On Tuesday, Jamaican international striker Shamar Nicholson signed a four-year contract with Russian Premier League Club Spartak Moscow. Spartak Moscow revealed the signing of the striker on social media, officially welcoming Nicholson to the club.

“Shamar Nicholson is Spartak’s new forward. The contract with the Jamaican national team striker and one of the top scorers of this season in the Belgian Championship is expected until 2026. Welcome, Shamar!” the statement read. 

After an impressive stint with his former Belgian club outfit Charleroi, scoring 30 goals in 76 appearances, Nicholson joins Spartak Moscow to play alongside Nigeria’s and former Chelsea player Victor Moses. Nicholson took to his Instagram page, expressing his gratitude to his former club.

“A new challenge awaits, but before I depart, I want to take this moment to express my sincere gratitude to everyone at Sporting Charleroi for making these two and a half years such an incredible experience. Thank you, Mr. Bayat; thank you to the coaching staff; thank you to my teammates, and a special thanks to our incredible fans,” said Nicholson. 

Shamar Nicholson’s club career continues to rise in global football. The 24-year-old started his professional football career locally at Boys’ Town FC in the Jamaica Premier League in 2014 before leaving for the Slovenian club Domazale in 2017. During his two seasons at Domazale FC, Nicholson scored 18 goals in 47 appearances, after which he transferred to Charleroi in 2019. Since then, Nicholson made his Reggae Boyz debut in 2017 and has scored 10 goals in 29 appearances. 

His former Boys’ Town FC coach, Andrew Price, told the media that he is delighted with Nicholson’s move to Spartak Moscow and praised his former prodigy for his hard work.

“I’m really happy for Shamar, he has really put in the work, he deserves all the success that he is currently having and now this multi-million, mega move from Sporting Charleroi to Spartak Moscow where he’ll have the opportunity to play in the Europa Cup and possibly in the Champions League next year,” said Price. 

Under Price’s stewardship, Nicholson was introduced to professional football as a teenager, playing in the Jamaica Premier League. Price says that he has continued to score goals in every other league he has played in, so he is not worried about him scoring in the Russian league.

“So, it’s a good move for him, he has proven quality, he has scored goals in the Premier League in Slovenia, he has shown that he can score goals in the Belgian Premier League so I don’t see why it should be a problem for him to get goals in the Russian Premier League,” said Price. 

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