Do you know which Nigerian football players are the members or have been the members of football clubs in England? Read this article to find out!
Nowadays football players from Nigeria have become preferable be many English teams. Their speed, their technics, their gaming skills are the factors thanks to which football clubs of Europe and the rest of the world invite them for cooperation.
Here’s the list of the best Nigerian football who play or have played in England.
Austin Jay-Jay Okocha
Okocha has already finished his sports career. He is known as a fast and skilful playmaker, which is regarded as the best Nigerian player of his generation and one of the best players from Africa of all time.
Besides the English clubs, such as Bolton Wanderers and Hull City he also played in Paris Saint-Germain from 1998 to 2002.
Aiyegbeni is known in the football world by his nickname “Yak”. Currently he plays in the Turkish football club Kayserispor.
During his long career he has changed a lot of European clubs, such as Everton , Portsmouth and Reading. “Yak” is known as a skillful striker.
This Nigerian professional footballer plays as a winger in England for Premier League club Chelsea.
He has also spent a season in Liverpool and appeared in the Nigerian national team and scored 7 goals!
Currently Martins plays as a forward for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. But he has been a player of such European clubs as Inter Milan in Italy and Newcastle United in England.
Martins is well-known for his speed on the ball.
Babayaro began his football career being a teenager. Celestine is the youngest player who has ever appeared in the UEFA Champions League.
He was a Chelsea player for 8 years, from 1997 to 2005. Then he signed a contract with Newcastle United to play from 2005 to 2008.
Osaze Odemwengie grew up in Russian and Nigeria and started his football career from playing in the Nigeria Premier League for Bendel Insurance.
From 2002 to 2007 he was playing for the French clubs, La Louviere and Lille. In 2010 after playing in Moscow’s Lokomotiv for 3 years he joined his first English club, West Bromwich Albion. In 2013 he was transferred to Cardiff City and a year later to Stoke City.
This player may also be known as a brave captain of Nigerian national team from 2001 to 2014 until his retirement in June 2014.
Yobo has made an excellent footballer career playing as Everton’s center back for 9 years from 2003 to 2012.
John Obi Mikel
Obi Mikel started his career from playing in small Norwegian football team named Lyn.
In 2006 he was transferred to English football club Chelsea. He still plays there as a midfielder.
One of the most famous Nigerian footballers, Kanu Nwankwo, started his career playing as a forward in Heartland FC (formerly known as Iwuanyanwu Nationale) of Owerri, Nigeria.
Nwankwo has been a member of London Arsenal from 1999 to 2004 and also a captain of Nigerian national team for 16 years.