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Meet 12 Nigerian Players That Are From Abia State



Nigeria is rich with an abundance of talented footballers who are based in Nigeria and those who were born to Nigerian parents abroad.

The immense Nigerian talents are scattered across the (36) states which makes up the Nigerian Nation, little wonder scouts from top European and Scandinavia Clubsides keeps touring across Nigerian states in search of budding stars.

In this piece, we would take a look at Professional Footballers who hails from Abia State, a State dubbed ‘Gods Own State.

1. Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal, Spain)

Born on 22 May 1999, the Skillful left footer started his Professional Football career after teaming up with Prominent Umuahia based Academy side, New Generation Academy.

A golden fish has no hiding place, after teaming up with another Umuahia based side, Diamond Football Academy, the left footed striker joined Spainish side, Villareal CF, after a breathtaking outing with the Nigeria U17 team.

2. Chisom Chikatara (Gokulam Kerala FC, India)

Born on 24 November 1994, the former Wydad Athletic Striker ranks amongst top players who hails from the prominent, Abia State, that are known for producing top talents in football.

After an exceptional season with Abia State based Nigeria Professional Football league giants, Abia Warriors, the sensational striker journey to stardom kicked off after teaming up with Morrocan giants, Wydad Casablanca.

After leaving, Wydad Casablanca, the sleeky centre forward lists, Naft Maysan, Al-Shabab Club, Tala’ea El Gaish and El Gouna as his former Clubsides.

3. Michael Olaha (Song Lam Nghe An FC, Vietnam)

Born on 4 July 1997, Unheralded Nigerian and Abia State Born striker, Michael Olaha, started his Professional Football career after teaming up with Abia State based Nigeria Professional Football league giants, Abia Warriors,

After an outstanding season with the Nigeria professional football outfit, Abia Warriors, the highly rated striker went ahead to sign for Vietnamese V-League giant’s, Song Lam Nghe An FC in 2017.

After a delightful season with the Vietnamese based side, the left footed striker list, New Generation Academy, Abia Warriors,Hapoel Kfar Shalem and Hapoel Tel Aviv as his former Clubsides.

4. Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey)

Born on 19 April 1997, former Nigeria U23 skipper, Azubuike Godson Okechukwu, equally lists amongst top players who hails from the prominent, Abia State, that is known for producing top talents in football.

The diminutive Midfielder started his Professional Football career after teaming up with Nigeria professional football league outfit, Bayelsa United.

After a successful season with the Nigeria based outfit, Bayelsa United, Okechukwu went ahead to sign for Turkish based side, Yeni Malatyaspor, in 2015.

After an outstanding season with, Yeni Malatyaspor, the highly rated midfielder went ahead to ply his trade with, Sivasspor, İstanbul Başakşehir, Çaykur Rizespor, Pyramids FC.

5. Peter Onyekachi (Hapoel Petah Tikva)

Born on 6 May 1994, Peter Onyekachi who equally lists amongst top players who hails from the prominent, Abia State, that is known for producing top talents in football.

The ‘Goal Machine’s started his professional football career after teaming up with Abia State based Nigeria Professional Football league side, Abia Warriors in 2013.

6. Henry Okebugwu (Kastrioti, Albania)
The midfield maestro who was born and breeded in Abia State started his young career at a tender with Prominent Abia State based talent hub, New Generation.

The promising youngster went ahead to kick start his professional football career after signing for FCIU.

After a decent season with the Nigerian side, Henry went ahead ply his trade with Egnatia, Partizani Tirana,Kastrioti

7. Ebenezer Okezie (Zimbru Chisinau, Moldova)

Born on Feb 28, 2001, the Abia State Born defender started off his professional football league career from highly rated Abia State based Academy side, Supreme Kings Academy.

After years of developmental stage, the youngster went ahead to sign his first professional football contract with Moldovan based side, Zimbru Chisinau, in 2020.

8. Okeke Nelson ( Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)

Born on Mar 25, 2002, the highly rated Midfielder who is a graduate of the Famous Abia State based Talent.

The youngster kicked off his professional football career after signing his first professional with Czech Republic outfit, Sparta Prague in 2021.

9. Uzoma Ofoegbu (Klasiko, Malaysia)

The towering centre back list amongst the products outta the city of Abia State.

The Bullish centre back started off his professional football career after signing up for Aba based side, Enyimba FC.

After a short stint with the two times African Champions, the left footed centre back landed in Malaysia where he signed for Malaysian outfit, Klasiko.

10. Chukwuebuka Iroha (CSD Câmara de Lobos, Portugal)

The former Nigeria Dream team right back ranks amongst top stars who hails from the small city of Abia State.

Popularly know as ‘Diouf’ started his Professional Football career with Umuahia based side, Diamond Football Academy, from where he moved to team up with Nigeria professional football league side, Abia Warriors, on loan.

Iroha after an impressive season with Abia Warriors went ahead to ply his trade with, CD Portosantense and CSD Câmara de Lobos.

11. Emeka Francis Atulomah

He is a Nigerian international footballer who plays for Rivers United and the Nigeria national team as a midfielder.

He made his international debut for Nigeria in 2018.

12 Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain)

Kenneth Josiah Omeruo is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Leganés in the Segunda División and the Nigeria national team.

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Joshua Akpudje: Rock-Solid Nigeria Defender Listed In Erovnuli Liga TOTW



Highly rated Nigerian defender, Joshua Akpudje, has been listed in the Erovnuli Liga Team Of The Week following his stellar performance in FC Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 home win over Samgurali.

Akpudje and his FC Dinamo Tbilisi side squared up against Samgurali in its first Matchday of the season hoping to start on the front foot with a victory when the two sides lock horns at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.

The keenly contested fixture had the host, FC Dinamo Tbilisi opening scoring at the 10th minute and doubled its lead at the 32nd second goal to end the first half infront and all maximum points at full time.

Rock-solid Nigerian defender, Joshua Akpudje, who lasted for all 90mins in the fixture was a beauty to watch as he marshaled the team backline expertly to ensure a win with a clean-sheet.

Joining FC Dinamo Tbilisi, Joshua Akpudje heartwarming display in the fixture against Samgurali earned him a place in the team of the week alongside other players who were outstanding with their various clubs.

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Weekend Review: Nine (9) Nigerian Stars Who Found Back Of Net



Actions resumed over the weekend across many leagues as teams continue their quest for domestic and continental glory in various Matchdays.

In over a thousand games played across top leagues at the weekend, Nigerian players were outstanding with their various clubsides and here are (9) Nigerian stars who found back of the net at the weekend.

1. Chidera Ejuke (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)

The Nigerian ‘magician’ was in his usual element as he scored and bagged assists to help Royal Antwerp clinch a 3-0 win.

2. Rasheed Sodiq (Rabotinick, Macedonia)

The Nigerian defender came through with a goal to help Rabotnicki Skopje secure a win at home.

3. Terem Moffi (OG Nice, France)

The Nigeria Super Eagles star scored his side only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Tolouse.

4. Boluwatife Ogungbayi (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic)

The highly rated forward fired in a brace to help Slavia Prague B clinch a 3-0 against Admira Prague.

5. Ahmed Abdullahi (Genk, Belgium)

Red-hot Ahmed Abdullahi in his scoring element scored twice to help Jong Genk down Royal Antwerp B at home.

6. Aliyu Ibrahim (Houston Dynamo, USA)

The Nigerian winger opened his goal account in the new season regardless his side 2-1 lose.

7. Effiong Nsungusi (FC Neftchi Fergana, Uzbekistan)

Nsungusi started off life with, FC Neftchi Fergana, on the front foot as he fired a brace to inspire the team win.

8. Olakunle Olusegun (FC Krasnodar, Russia)

The Nigerian striker opened scoring for his side to earn the team a point in their 1-1 stalemate.

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News: Super Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa terminates contract with Turkish top club Sivasspor




Ahmed Musa Parts Ways with Sivasspor FC by Mutual Consent

In a surprising turn of events, Nigerian international Ahmed Musa has ended his stint with Turkish giants Sivasspor FC. Both parties reached a mutual agreement to terminate the player’s contract, which was announced earlier last week.

Ahmed Musa, who’s known for his blistering pace and attacking prowess, joined Sivasspor with high expectations. He was deemed a significant addition to the team’s offensive line, with hopes that his experience at the top level would provide an edge in competition. His journey at Sivasspor, however, has come to an early conclusion.

The reason behind the termination was laid out to be unpaid wages over a period of 6 months. We gathered that 3 other players have terminated their contract with the same club as a result of unpaid salaries.

Throughout Musa’s time at Sivasspor, he showcased moments of the quality he is known for. Fans of the club and the player hoped that he would be the x-factor in the team’s bid for domestic and European glory. Although his tenure at the club was brief, Musa’s professionalism and dedication to the sport remained evident in each match he played.

With free agency upon him, the future is bright for the Nigerian star. Clubs around the world will undoubtedly be interested in acquiring a player of Musa’s caliber, with his expertise on the field and experience in international competitions. It will be exciting to see where his next journey takes him.

This development marks yet another twist in the career of one of Nigeria’s most celebrated footballers. Ahmed Musa will remain a notable figure in the football world, and all eyes will be on him as he looks to write the next chapter in his illustrious career.

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