In the history of Nigerian football, we have had players that had dual nationality adorn the jersey of the Super Eagles. Some over time we have forgotten and others left the scene unceremoniously just like many other players after they had served their fatherland.
What brought the name Tunji Babajide Banjo into the memory of Nigerians recently was the fact that the former Nigerian international now drives a train in the UK. Tunji was a former midfielder of Nigerian-Irish descent, he belonged to the first generation of foreign-based players. His debut for the Green Eagles came on July 12, 1980 in a World Cup qualifying match against Tunisia. He had 9 international caps for the then GREEN EAGLES of Nigeria.
John Orlando is a former Nigerian international born October 15, 1960 in Ghana. He was a solid and uncompromising defender and was part of the victorious GREEN EAGLES that won the first African Cup of Nations tournament in 1980 on home soil. He also played for Nigeria at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Russia.
George Peterson Abbey, born 20 October 1978, is a former Nigeria international football defender. He was in the Nigerian squad that won the bronze medal at the 2004 African Cup of Nations.
Peter Osaze Odemwingie
Peter Osaze Odemwingie is a Russia-born Nigerian professional footballer, Odemwingie made his debut for the Nigeria national football team in 2002 and represented the country over 60 times, including at two World Cups and four Africa Cup of Nations, as well as winning silver at the 2008 Olympics.
Born to a Nigerian Father and German mother on 28 June 1988. He is one half of the current Nigeria Oyinbo wall, the other half being Troost-Ekong. He was called up to the Nigerian national team by Nigeria for a March 2014 friendly against Mexico as a replacement for Joseph Yobo. He got injured after 20 minutes on his debut after he collided with the signage on the touchline.He fractured his foot and missed 2–3 months of football after surgery. However, he later confirmed that his injury won’t require surgery. On 25 March 2015, he played his second game for Nigeria in a 1–0 loss against Uganda. He played his third game for the country on the 13th of June, 2015 when he featured in a 2–0 win over Chad in the opening game of qualifying for the 2017 African Nations Cup. He is part of the 23-man team representing Nigeria at the ongoing World cup In Russia.
Reuben is a native of Offa in Kwara state in Nigeria. Reuben Omojola Folasanje Agboola being his full names was born 30 May 1962 and was brought into the Nigerian national team as a left back. His international appearance for Nigeria was nine in total, between 1991 and 1993. He was part of the team to the 1992 African Cup of Nations in Senegal.
William Paul Troost-Ekong, the other half of the current Oyinbo wall alongside Leon Balogun, was born on the 1st of September 1993. He was born in Holland to a Nigerian father and Dutch mother Eleanore Troost. He played for Holland at age grade level both at Under-19 and Under-20.
At international level he opted to play for his Father’s country and made his senior debut for Nigeria on 13th June 2015, he played the entire match of the AFCON qualifier against Chad.In 2016 he played 3 times for the team in 2016 before he was selected into Nigeria’s bronze medal winning U-23 team to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
was born in Owerri in the present Imo state South-East Nigeria on the 18th April 1960 .He represented Nigeria at international level 9 times.
Carl Onora Ikeme
When Nigeria’s long serving goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama left the national team, the whole country was worried about who should replace him, because many of our goalkeepers available do not really inspire confidence . Then the nation’s attention was drawn to the Wolves of England goalkeeper Carl Ikeme. Carl was born on the 8th of June 1986 to Nigerian parents, Ikeme though had the opportunity to adorn the colours of the 3 Lions preferred Nigeria. He made his senior international debut on the 5th September 2015 against Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game.
He would have been between the sticks for the Super Eagles of NIGERIA at the RUSSIA 2018 world cup, unfortunately he was diagnosed with Leukemia out there in Britain. He is presently going through medical management of the sickness. THE NIGERIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION NAMED HIM AS THE HONOURARY 24TH PLAYER OF THE SUPER EAGLES TO THE RUSSIA 2018 WORLD CUP.
Tyronne Ebuehi – He finally found himself on the train to Russia after some excellent display in some of our friendly matches enroute Russia.Tyronne Efe Ebuehi was born 16 December 1995 to a Nigerian father and a dutch mother, he plays as a right-back for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. In November 2016, Ebuehi was called up for the first time to the Nigeria national team for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria. However, he declined the call-up stating that he needed some time to settle into his team ADO Den Haag. He was later called up for friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso in March 2017 and joined up with the squad. He made his senior debut for Nigeria in a 3–0 friendly win over Togo on 1 June 2017.
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