Andre Schembri on the verge of Boavista move

Malta international striker Andre Schembri is on the verge of joining Portuguese Primeira Liga side Boavista. Schembri reportedly signed a preliminary two-year deal with the club.

Schembri spent the past eighteen months with Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus following a short spell with FSV Frankfurt in Germany. After scoring four in fifteen league games in the latter part of season 2014/15, he scored fifteen in thirty matches last season.

Throughout his career, he played in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Greece apart from Cyprus.

Andre Schembri made his Premier League debut with Hibernians in season 2002/03 but mid-way through season 2004/05, he was transferred to Marsaxlokk. In summer 2007, he moved to Germany to play for Eintracht Braunschweig. Schembri then moved to Carl Zeiss Jena, spending one year before joining Austria Karnten in Austria in summer 2009. However in January, he joined Ferencvaros in Hungary where he spent eighteen months. In 2010/11, he had an excellent season with the Fradi, scoring sixteen goals in 27 matches.

In summer 2011, he joined Olympiakos Volou in the Greek Super League but a few months later he moved to Panionios after Volou were relegated due to match-fixing allegations. In season 2012/13, he moved to Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus and soon established himself as a key player for the club, scoring twenty-three league goals in fifty-eight matches.

One of the oldest and most prominent clubs in Portuguese football, with nine main national titles won – one Championship, five Cups of Portugal and three Supercups of Portugal, Boavista spent thirty-nine consecutive seasons in the Primeira Liga, winning in 2001. Along with Belenenses, they are the only teams outside the big three (Porto, Benfica and Sporting) to win the Portuguese Championship.

Boavista were relegated in June 2008 to the second division due to a disciplinary decision and the following season, financial debts led to another demotion to the third tier. After a long legal battle, in June 2013, Boavista were entitled the right to come back to the Primeira Liga. After placing 13th at the end of season 2014/15, last season, they finished 14th at the end of last season.