Nigeria is blessed with tremendous talents and like we know, the players go everywhere in the world to ply their trade in a bid to get worthy value for their talent and times. Many leave their country prematurely because the league hasn’t been professionally run (like the last season was abruptly abridged because of lack of proper planning. All the excuses given were there for everyone to see as far back as January 2018, It was obviously Russia2018 that brought up a premature ceasefire) and many players know that age is not on their side, so they go anywhere that will give them a secured life and a pleasant future.

So you will find a Nigerian player in the uttermost part of the earth, all in a bid to have a better life for himself and his family both nuclear and extended. For those who are lucky to break the walls of Europe and showcase their skills at a very high level, you find out that age is never their friend and many have very limited and brief stints at that high level.

Very few players from the Most populous black nation in the world have really had tremendous success at a big club, Mikel, Kanu are exceptional examples of those whose cabinets speak volume of their European sojourn.

READ ALSO – NIGERIAN PLAYERS “RUNNING THINGS” ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

In one of our piece, we showcased and beamed our searchlight on those players on the continent of Africa but in this piece we go to ASIA where coincidentally unlike Europe our BIGGEST STARS PLAY.

SEEDORF THE DREAMER

If we leave out colonial mentality ex-players like Seedorf shouldn’t be the coach of a big footballing nation like Cameroon; one he doesn’t have any good coaching record, all he boasts of is a great playing career. So when he landed he wanted to be a revolutionary without any experience and thorough study of the way things flow on the continent. When he smelled the coffee and multiple defeats blew him off, he learnt the great lessons that majority of African talents not for want of desire but due to lack of opportunity travel across the world to find where to put their talent to work and they readily jet back home to put their services at the countries’ disposal. He embraced Asia with Love.

ASIA OUR MIGHT 

The biggest players today in the Nigeria SUPER Eagles all play in Asia. The captain and the most decorated Nigerian player Mikel Obi plays for Tianjin Teda, the highest goal scorer on the AFCON 2019 qualifier O. Ighalo plays for Changchun Yatai both in the Chinese Super League. To complete the trio of biggest boys in Asia is the best player and the highest goal scorer for Nigeria at Russia 2018 World cup – Ahmed Musa who recently left Leicester City for Al Nassr in the Saudi Arabian Pro.League.

 

 

SOME OF OUR BIG EX INTERNATIONALS

Many players some of whom have been capped by Nigeria’s National football team, the Super Eagles like, former striker Osaze Odenwengie (Indonesia), Gege Soriola (Bahrain), Joseph Akpala Saudi Arabia, John Owoeri (China 2), Kalu Uche and Bartholomen Ogbeche  are part of the Indian Entourage they are part of the big Asia contingent

We crisscrossed the Asian Continent to bring you all the Players of Nigerian Origin playing on the most populous Continent in the world.

Bahrain
U. Agba Premier League Al Riffa
Emmanuel Premier League Al Riffa
A. Saheed Premier League Al Shabab
G. Soriola Premier League Malkiya
J. Sunday Second Division Qalali
Otche Second Division Al Ahli
Forjin Second Division Al Ittihad

Bangladesh
M. Chinedu Premier League Farashganj
N. Collins Premier League Muktijoddha SKC
E. Kingsley Oshiokha Premier League Team BJMC
K. Nkurumeh Premier League Arambagh
M. Ugochukwu Premier League Muktijoddha SKC
K. Chigozie Premier League Saif
A. Olalekan Premier League Arambagh
E. Onuoha Premier League Abahani
E. Benjamin Premier League Sheikh Russel
S. Nwadialu Premier League Abahani
M. Lawal Premier League Abahani Chittagong
N. Alison Premier League Abahani
A. Oladipo Premier League Abahani Chittagong
A. Oladipo Premier League Rahmatgonj MFS
J. Samuel Premier League Brothers Union
R. Onwrebe Premier League Sheikh Jamal
Cambodia
E. Omogba C-League Boeung Ket
S. Ajayi C-League Boeung Ket
J. Oiboh C-League Boeung Ket
G. Kelechi C-League Naga World
D. Bata C-League Svay Rieng
J. Adekunle C-League Svay Rieng

China PR
J. Obi Mikel CSL Tianjin Teda
O. Ighalo CSL Changchun Yatai
Dominic China League One Beijing BG
J. Owoeri China League One Shanghai Shenxin
I. Uzochukwu China League One Meizhou Hakka
Chinese Taipei
S. Sani Taiwan Footb… Hang Yuen
Hong Kong
C. Ekwegwo Premier League Yuen Long
E. John HKFA 1st Div… BC Rangers
K. Orieke HKFA 1st Div… Citizen AA
India
K. Uche Indian Supe… ATK
B. Ogbeche Indian Supe… NorthEast United
K. Nurain I-League Aizawl
O. Chidi I-League NEROCA
P. Njoku I-League Minerva Punjab
B. Dahir I-League Minerva Punjab
D. Edafe I-League Minerva Punjab
L. Enyinnaya I-League Real Kashmir
E. Obumneme I-League Mohun Bagan
L. Enyinnaya I-League 2n… Real Kashmir
E. Obumneme Calcutta Pre… Mohun Bagan
Indonesia
P. Odemwingie Liga 1 Madura United
O. Ikpefua Liga 1 Persija
Iran
A. Gero Persian Gul… Esteghlal
G. Mensha Persian Gul… Persepolis

Iraq
M. Yousef Iraqi League Al Shorta
R. Oulabi Iraqi League Al Hudod
A. Musa Kolo Iraqi League Al Najaf
Frank Land Iraqi League Baghdad
E. Kingsley Iraqi League Al Najaf
N. Frankline Iraqi League Baghdad
Y. Adamu Iraqi League Naft Al-Janoob
A. Akori Iraqi League Baghdad
Baba Mousa Iraqi League Naft Al-Janoob
Y. Samuel Iraqi League Naft
Ojina Iraqi League Naft
Japan
P. Utaka J2 League Tokushima Vortis
Jordan
D. Olerum League Shabab Al Ordon
Kazakhstan
J. Chibuike Premier League Irtysh
T. Adeniji Premier League Atyrau
Kuwait
B. Clement Premier League Al Arabi
E. Baker Premier League Al Qadsia
D. Philip Premier League Al Shabab
E. Ezokam Division 1 Khaitan
A. Prince Division 1 Yarmouk

Lebanon
U. Emmanuel Premier League Racing
B. Ulamedi Premier League Bekaa
M. Kabiru Premier League Al Nejmeh

Malaysia
A. Wasiu Super League Terengganu
A. Amutu Super League Pahang
I. Olusegun Super League Melaka United
W. Oseni Premier League UKM
U. Ukah Premier League Pulau Pinang
O. Kughegbe Premier League UiTM
I. Chukwubunna Premier League MIFA

Myanmar
C. Chizoba National League Shan United
E. Ikechukwu National League Yangon United
H. Micheal National League Magwe
A. West National League Ayeyawady United

Pakistan
M. Okpala Premier League Karachi Electric
W. Segun Premier League Karachi Electric
O. Abayomi Premier League Karachi Electric

Qatar
U. Usman Stars League Al Ahli
A. Bassey Second Division Al Wakrah
P. Ebimobowei Second Division Al Mesaimeer
Saudi Arabia
A. Musa Pro League Al Nassr
M. Mostafa Pro League Al Faisaly
J. Akpala Pro League Al Faisaly
J. Mohammed Division 1 Al Najoom
D. Nworah Division 1 Al Ansar
O. Williams Division 1 Abha
A. Hawsawi Division 1 Hajer
O. Saeeid Division 1 Al Shoalah

Sri Lanka
A. Olofin Champions League Colombo
N. Opeyemi Champions League Colombo

United Arab Emirates
K. Ademola Arabian Gul… Al Fujairah
R. Lawal Arabian Gul… Al Ittihad Kalba
S. Ohawuchi Arabian Gul… Ajman

Vietnam
Hoang Vissai V.League 1 Can Tho
G. Oseni V.League 1 Ha Noi
Nguyen Trung Dai Duong V.League 1 Quang Nam
C. Onyelonu V.League 1 Binh Duong
M. Olaha V.League 1 Song Lam Nghe An
Nguyen Quoc Thien Esele V.League 1 Nam Dinh
S. Kpenosen V.League 2 Dong Thap
U. Fortune V.League 2 Dong Thap

 

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