10 Foreign born Nigerian Footballers

The Nigerian national team popularly called the super eagles is a mix of different ethnic groups in the country.The team has had many Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa footballers who represented the national team across different competitions in the World. Among these footballers are many who weren’t born in Nigeria. They are affectionately reffered to as Oyinbo. Below are 10 of the foreign born Nigerian footballers.

Cyriel Dessers

Foreign born Nigerian Footballers

Cyriel Kolawole Dessers was born in Tongeren Belgium to a Belgian Father and Nigerian mother. Cyriel chose to represent Nigeria at international level despite being eligible to play for both countries. On 4 March 2020, Cyriel was called up by the Nigerian national team as part of the team players invited for the African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Sierra Leone national team. Dessers debuted for Nigeria in a friendly against Tunisia on 13 October 2020.

Carl Ikeme 

Carl Onora Ikeme was born in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. He played as a goalkeeper and spent majority of this career with Wolvehamton wanderers, making 191 caps for the Club side. Ikeme was eligible to represent England or Nigeria at international level, but he chose Nigeria. Carl made his international debut for the super eagles of Nigeria on 5 September 2015 against Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game. He made three appearances in Nigeria’s qualification campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but could not go to the final tournament due to his cancer treatment. Ikeme retired in 2017 on medical grounds.

Peter  Odemwingie

Foreign born Nigerian Footballers

Peter Osaze Odemwingie was born in Uzbekistan to Nigerian father and a Russian mother.He spent his first 12 years in Uzbekistan and began his career with Bendel Insurance in the Nigeria Premier League. 

Odemwingie made his debut for the Nigeria national team in a friendly against Kenya in May 2002 and has 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.

William Troost-Ekong

William Paul Troost-Ekong was born in the Netherlands into a mixed Dutch and Nigerian family. He started his senior career in the Netherlands with FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht. Despite representing the Netherlands at under-19 and under-20 youth levels, william eventually chose to represent the super eagles of Nigeria. He made his senior international debut for Nigeria national football team on 13 June 2015, playing 90 minutes in an AFCON qualifying match against Chad.

Leon Balogun

Leon Aderemi Balogun was born to a Nigerian father and German mother in Berlin Germany. He started his career at Turkiyemspor Berlin and he’s played for a number of German and English club sides since. Balogun played his first match for Nigeria in March 2014 friendly against Mexico as a replacement for Joseph Yobo.

Reuben Agboola

Foreign born Nigerian Footballers

Reuben Omojola Folasanje Agboola was born in Camden London to a Nigerian father and English mother.In July 1978, he joined Southampton as an amateur before signing as a professional in April 1980, having made his reserve team debut in April 1979.

He played as a traditional left back, with a total of 268 league appearances in a 13-year career in the Football League. He also made nine appearances for Nigeria between 1991 and 1993, appearing at the 1992 African Cup of Nations.

Steven Ukoh 

Steven Ukoh  was born in Switzerland to a Nigerian father and swiss mother.He plays as a midfielder and represented Switzerland at U16, U17, U18, U19 U20 before switching allegiance to Nigeria in 2014. He made his debut for the super eagles in January 2015

Tyronne  Ebuehi 

Tyronne Efe Ebuehi was born in Haarlem Netherlands to a Nigerian father and a Dutch mother.

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 by stating that he needed some time to settle into his new 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

Maduka Okoye

Maduka Emilio OkoyeOkoye was born in Düsseldorf to a Nigerian father and a German mother.Maduka who plays as a goalkeeper for Sparta Rotterdam made his international debut for the Nigerian national team on 13 October 2019.

Sebastian Osigwe

Osigwe was born in Switzerland to a Nigerian father and Swiss mother. He was called up to represent the Nigeria national team in October 2020

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