Future Super Eagles who are based abroad

Future Super Eagles who are based abroad

When Salzburg welcomed German giants Bayern Munich in the first leg of their round of 16 clash in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, a Nigerian youngster, Junior Adamu was the unsung hero as he helped his side secure a hard-fought 1-1 draw.  

The German side were tipped to sweep apart the Austrian side but were unable to get the maximum points largely due to the efforts of some Nigerian players in the team.

His 21st minute strike saw him break Thierry Henry’s 17-year record of the fastest substitute to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League.

Salzburg which has in its ranks players of Nigerian descent such as Samson Tijani, Karim Adeyemi had suffered an early setback when a Noah Okafor, another player from Nigeria descent sustained an injury in the 10th minute and had to leave the game for Junior Adamu which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Adamu was born in Nigeria to Nigerian parents, but he has spent most of his life in Austria.

He has played one game for the Austrian national team, but he could still switch to Nigeria because he has just one senior international cap.

The new FIFA rules give room for such changes, according to the new rules, players can switch allegiances if they have played no more than three competitive matches at the senior level prior to them turning 21.

It is common knowledge that Nigeria is blessed with football talents who ply their trade in almost all the leagues in the world. It is almost an aberration not to find a Nigerian playing in a league regardless of its obscurity.

It will be recalled that the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, met with some Super Eagles players in London to engage them on the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

In particular, he met with UK-born Nigerian footballer, Ademola Lookman, who recently transferred his allegiance to Nigeria’s Super Eagles after a brief stint with England.

With the media visibility on these players, Trust Sports take a cursory look at some other players who have their roots from Nigeria and are making waves in foreign leagues and will desire to play for the Super Eagles in the future.

1.        Michael Olise (Cyrstal Palace, Midfielder- Winger, 20 years old)

Michael Akpovie Olise is known to all those who are keen followers of the English Premier League. The attacking midfielder made name for himself at Reading in the championship before moving to Cyrstal Palace.

The thing with Michael Olise is that he is eligible to play for four countries; England, France, Algeria, and Nigeria according to an online platform, SportsRation.

2.      Kevin Schade (Freiburg, Winger, 20 years Old)

Kevin Shade has a Nigerian father and a German mother. The winger has scored three goals in the Bundesliga for Freiburg this season.

3.      Mujaid Sadick (Genk, Central Defender, 20 years old)

Mujaid Sadick Aliu was born in Spain to a Nigerian father and a Ghanaian mother. He currently plays in the same team as Paul Onuachu and has scored a goal in 15 Belgian Pro-league games.

4.      Tino Anjorin (Lokomotiv Moscow, Winger, 20 years old)

Faustino Adebola Rasheed Anjorin very popular Chelsea academy graduate currently playing in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow.

5.      Kevin Martins (Inter Milan, Forward, 17 years old)

Kevin Maussi Martins is the son of Ex-Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins. He was born in Italy to a Nigerian father and a Ghanian mother. He is a nephew to Mario Balotelli.

6.      Femi Azeez (Reading, Winger, Striker, 20 years old)

Azeez was born in England to a Nigerian father and Spanish mother. Azeez’s brother, Miguel Azeez, is also a professional footballer at the youth academy of Arsenal

7.      Tochi Chukwuani (Nordsjælland, midfielder, 18 years old)

Born in Herlev, Denmark to Nigerian parents and he is a youth international for Denmark.

8.      Emanuel Emegha (Antwerp, forward, 19 years old)

He is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward for Belgian club Antwerp. Born in the Netherlands to a Togolese father and Nigerian mother. He is a youth international for the Netherlands.

9.      Joshua Zirkzee (Anderlecht, on loan from Bayern Munich, forward, 20 years old)

Born in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and a Nigerian mother, Zirkzee is a youth international for the Netherlands

10.   Shola Shoretire (Manchester United, forward, 18 years old)

Shoretire was a part of Manchester United’s youth team from a young age and quickly become promoted to the club’s first team. He signed his first professional contract in February 2021, at the age of 17. As Shoretire was born in England to a Nigerian father and English mother, he was eligible to represent both nations at international levels.

11.     Caleb Okoli (Cremonese, on loan from Atalanta, Center-back, 20 years old)

Born in Italy, Okoli is of Nigerian descent. He was first called up to represent Italy in 2019 with the Italy U19 side and has played 5 times for the U21 side.

12.   Carney Chukuemeka (Aston Villa, Midfielder, 18 years old)

Born in Austria to Nigerian parents, he represents England at the youth international level, most recently captaining the England U19 side. Chukwuemeka is eligible to play for the national teams of England, Nigeria, and Austria.

13.   Miguel Azeez (Arsenal on loan at Portsmouth, midfielder, 19 years old)

Azeez was born in England, but has a Nigerian father and a Spanish mother and has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, and under-20 levels. His older brother Femi plays as a professional footballer for Reading.

14.   Lesley Ugochukwu (Stade Rennais, Midfielder, 17 years old)

Born in France, Ugochukwu is of Nigerian descent and is the nephew of former Rennes and Nigeria center-back Onyekachi Apam

15.   Destiny Udogie (Udinese, on loan from Hellas Verona, defender, 19 years old)

Destiny Udogie is a left-back who has been linked with a move to Juventus. At 19, he has played 21 Serie A games this season.

16.   Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven, Attacking Midfielder- Winger, 19 years old)

Chukwunonso “Noni” Tristan Madueke has been turning heads in Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven scoring goals in the Europa League and in the Eredivisie.