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Former Baroka FC striker Nikitaridis on trial at ex-Erling Haaland club

Former Baroka FC striker Tristan Nikitaridis is trying his luck across borders at the club that Manchester City star Erling Haaland previously played for.

Nikitaridis has been unattached for a few months after parting ways with the Motsepe Foundation Championship side University of Pretoria.

The 24-year-old spent only one season with AmaTuks having signed with them in October last year following a one-season stint with Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele in their last season in the DStv Premiership.

Baroka had identified Nikitaridis in the Varsity Football Tournament where he was instrumental for UJ.

They gave him a long-term contract as he penned a three-year deal and an option to extend for a further two years. This was when he was in his third year of his studies at UJ.


According to FARPost sources, he has been invited by the Norwegian giants Molde FK for assessement. He landed on Sunday in Norway and would start training with the side on Monday.

Molde are the most recognised club in Norway and compete in the top-flight – Eliteserien. 

Molde’s colours have also been donned by the 2023 Ballon d’Or runner-up, Erling Haaland who played for the club between 2017 and 2019.

They are currently taking part in the UEFA Europa League having failed to secure the spot in the Champions League. They lost in the qualifying round at the hands of Galatasaray in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, as the curtain will soon fall on their season, they are preparing for the next campaign. 

Former Baroka FC striker Tristan Nikitaridis on trial at former Erling Haaland club Molde FK
Rodney Ramagalela and Tristan Nikitaridis at the University of Pretoria


Eliteserien is set to come to an end on 3 December before the Promotional/Relegation Play-offs take place.

Molde have had struggles this season as they are in an unfamiliar position on the log standings. They sit fifth having amassed 47 points in 28 matches.

Statistically, it has been confirmed they will finish their campaign outside the top three, meaning they won’t be able to secure the spots for the UEFA club competitions.

Further, the DStv Premiership outfit SuperSport United are also said to have shown interest in the centre-forward, Nikitaridis.

However, Matsatsantsa also wanted to put the forward under assessment to have a look at him before they decide.

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