LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Petr Cech, the iconic Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper, has made a surprising move to join the Elite League’s Belfast Giants on loan, marking his return to competitive sports four years after retiring from professional football.
Having departed his role as technical director at Chelsea, Cech, now playing for Oxford City Stars, agreed to the loan move to the Belfast Giants, competing a tier below in the National Ice Hockey League.
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Since retiring from football in 2019, the 41-year-old has showcased his ice hockey skills with Guildford Phoenix and Chelmsford Chieftains, notably making 62 saves for Oxford in a recent match against Streatham Red Hawks.
Expressing gratitude for Cech’s support, Belfast Giants coach Adam Keefe highlighted the legendary athlete’s decorated career and invaluable experience at the highest level.
Currently placed fifth in the ongoing EIHL 2023/24 season, Belfast Giants look forward to potentially including Cech in their lineup for the upcoming match against Sheffield Steelers, where the football legend could mark his ice hockey debut.