NIGERIA 2009 FIFA U17 WORLD CUP SQUAD: Where are they now?


Dami Paul – Goalkeeper

The agile Paul was top choice when Nigeria hosted the 2009 U17 World Cup.

He will thereafter feature for the Flying Eagles as they won the 2011 African Youth Championship in South Africa, after that it seems things never really worked out for him except for now when he just joined newly promoted NPFL side Katsina United.

Let’s hope he re-ignites his once promising career.

Aigbe Oliha – Defender

Things didn’t really change for him as he still plays for his Tunisian club outfit ES Zarzis, he has been with them since 2011. Asides playing in the 2009 U17 World Cup, he also represented Nigeria at the 2013 African U-20 Championship, nothing was heard of him since then.

Mohammed Aliyu – Defender

After the World cup in 2009, Aliyu’s career looks bright after he signed for Villarreal in 2010, he spent a year without making any appearances then left in 2011 to join Ukranian side,Tavriya. making 4 appearances in his 3 years spell with the Ukranian Premier League side. He last played for Saxan in Moldova and also represented Nigeria at the 2011 African youth champinship.

Ogenyi Onazi – Midfielder

Very much one of the most successful out of the then U17 squad.

Onazi joined Lazio in 2011, alongside his teammate, Sani Emmanuel. The pair trialed in England, Greece and Italy following appearances at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, in which Nigeria reached the final on home soil, losing to Switzerland.

Onazi was first promoted to the Lazio first team during the 2011–12 season after appearing at youth level. He made his Serie A debut as a substitute in the penultimate match of the season, replacing Senad Lulić in the 90th minute. Lazio recorded a 2–0 victory over Atalanta at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo.

He  has been capped by Nigeria 28 times, scoring twice. He currently plays for Trabzonspor, featuring 10 times and scoring twice.

Fortune Chukwudi – Defender

Dubbed “captain fantastic”, he played a key role in the team’s road to the final, but things went bad for him after the tournament after evidence was released that he is actually 25 not 16 as he claimed. Nothing was heard of him since then until this year when he joined Ifeanyi Ubah.

Kenneth Omeruo – Defender

Another successful out of the lot. After the tournament he joined Standard Liege, before moving to Chelsea in 2012, since joining Chelsea, he has not made any appearance for the London team, he has spent his time with them out on loan. He is currently on loan with Turkish side Alanyaspor. Omeruo won the Nations cup with Nigeria in 2013, and has since featured for national team 31 times

White Agwuocha – Midfielder

George White Agwuocha born January 13, 1993 in Irebisi Local Council is a Nigerian football player who currently plays for Kristiansund.

After the tournament, he joined swedish team odd, making 14 appearances and scoring twice. He later moved to Strommen on loan making 13 appearances scoring five times.

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He made is move to Strommen permanent in 2014, making another 24 appearances scoring seven times, in 2015 he joined Kristiansund.

Stanley Okoro – Forward

Dubbed “Little messi”, On 14 April 2010, Okoro joined UD Almeria in Spain, signing a four-year contract. He was initially assigned to the Juvenile squad, being promoted to the reserves in the following year.

In July 2013, Okoro moved to Bulgarian A Professional Football Group side Cherno More Varna in a season-long loan deal. He played his first match as a professional on 3 August, starting in a 0–0 draw at CSKA Sofia, and scored his first goal on 11 December, netting the first of a 2–0 win at Lokomotiv Sofia.

On 29 May 2014, Okoro was promoted to the Andalusians’ main squad for the pre-season, but returned to the B-side in August.

He currently plys his trade with NPFL side Abia Warriors

Abdul Jeleel Ajagun – Midfielder

Ajagun is a youth product of the Nigerian’s Dolphins F.C.

On 28 August 2013, Panathinaikos announced Ajagun signed a contract for four years with the club. On his debut with Panathinaikos, he scored against Platanias F.C.

On 29 January 2015, Panathinaikos announced that 23-year-old Nigerian midfielder Abdul Ajagun will continue his career at Levadiakos on loan until the end of season. Ajagun was not in manager’s Andrea Stramaccioni plans and his departure will free a foreigner’s position, in order for the Greens to complete Lucas Villafanez and Rodrigo Moledo’s transfers.

On 14 July 2016, Roda JC Kerkrade have announced the signing of former Nigeria youth international on season-long loan with a view to a permanent move. Ajagun, who played under the Miners boss Yannis Anastasiou will be hoping to make his mark in the Dutch elite division.

Kayode Olanrewaju – Forward

Kayode began his career with Red Bull Ghana and signed in February 2010 for ASEC Mimosas. After a few days he left ASEC Mimosas only to return to his club on 20 May 2010.

On 2 February 2012 Kayode left ASEC Mimosas joining Swiss club FC Luzern on loan until 30 November 2012.

In March 2013 he trained with Dinamo Minsk.

On 12 September 2013, Kayode signed a one-year contract with Israeli club Maccabi Netanya.

After another successful season with Maccabi Netanya, netting 13 goals and 6 assists, Kayode signed a four-year deal with FK Austria Wien. On 2 August 2015, Kayode scored on his FK Austria Wien debut against SC Rheindorf Altach.

Terry Envoh – Forward

Envoh began his career with LEA Primary School Tudun Wada and signed in 2007 with Mighty Jets of Jos Nigeria. His talent was soon discovered by Nigerian premier league side Sharks F.C. of Port Harcourt where he played regularly as a winger / attacking midfielder.

He moved to Bayelsa United for the 2013 season after unsuccessful trials in Switzerland. In February 2014, he followed coach John Obuh to Rangers of Enugu.

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Chukwujike Mgbam – Defender

nothing is available on him

Omoh Ojabu – Forward

Omoh Ojabu began his professional career in 2008 in the Nigerian club of Dolphin FC, nothing good really happened to him after the FIFA U17 World Cup. He currently plays for Rivers United

Sani Emmanuel – Forward

No doubt the star boy of the tournament, scoring five goals and all from the bench.

In 2009 Emmanuel joined Swedish club Bodens BK where he stayed for only a few months as FIFA rules stated that he had to be 18 years old to make an international transfer.

Then in 2010, after his award-winning performance at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, it was reported that Emmanuel had trials at both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.

While at Tottenham Emmanuel was even offered an extended stay. However, in 2011, after trialing at several clubs in Europe, Emmanuel signed for Italian Serie A side S.S. Lazio where he was immediately put into their Primavera side.

Then in 2012 it was announced that Emmanuel had signed for U.S. Salernitana 1919 of the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione on a co-owned basis from Lazio and on 9 September 2012 Emmanuel made his only appearance for the 4th tier Italian side against Chiete Calcio in which he came on in the 58th minute for Christian Chirieletti as Salernitana suffered a 4–1 defeat that day.

Then on 16 February 2013 it was announced that Emmanuel had signed with Swiss Challenge League side FC Biel-Bienne on loan for the rest of the season.[4] Emmanuel then made his debut for the club on 16 March 2013 against Wohlen in which he came on in the 72nd minute for Ramon Egli as Biel-Bienne lost the match 1–0.

On 12 May 2013 Emmanuel scored his first professional goals in a league match against FC Wohlen in which he scored a hat-trick to lead Biel-Bienne to a 7–0 victory. He then scored two more goals for Biel-Bienne on 30 May 2013 against FC Winterthur as the club 2–2.

In October 2014 Sani signed with Beitar Jerusalem. 3 weeks later, after playing only 24 minutes for the club, Sani was released by Beitar Jerusalem, with the club stating that the coach is not excited by Sani and that he does not feature in future plans.

After leaving Beitar Jerusalem, Emmanuel had a trial at Bosnian side, FK Sarajevo, but failed in his attempt.

According to reports from Allnigeriasoccer, Sani Emmanuel is in talks with Latvian Virsliga side FK Jelgava regarding a contract.

Yusuf Otubanjo – Forward

LINZ,AUSTRIA,21.AUG.15 – SOCCER – Regionalliga Mitte, FC Blau Weiss Linz vs SK Sturm Graz Amateure. Image shows Olaitan Yusuf Otubanjo (Blau Weiss Linz). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Matthias Hauer

After the tournament in 2009, he joined Crown FC before moving to Atletico Madrid in 2011, he spent a year their and later moved to FC Red Bull Salzburg.

Making just an appearnce for FC Red Bull Salzburg, he joined FC Pasching on loan making 19 appearances and scoring 6 times.

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He later joined FC Blau-Weiß Linz in 2015 on a permanent basis making 26 appearances and scoring 22 times, he is cuurently with MŠK Žilina and has made 6 appearances scoring 5 times.

Amos Izuchukwu – Goalkeeper

Nothing has been heard about the player except for the fact that he plays for NITEL FC, a club based in Lagos Nigeria

Edafe Egbedi – Forward
Egbedi  played for Nigeria at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring the decisive goal when Nigeria beat England 1-0 in the Round of 16, to reach the Quarter-final stage.

He also played seven games for Nigeria at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, helping his team all the way to the Final.

On August 28th 2014 Egbedi was loaned out from AGF to Skive IK for the remaining of 2014.

Egbedi chose to terminate its contract with AGF in January 2015.

He is currently at the Swedish side Landskrona BoIS. He is notably a right-footed winger.

Deji Joel – Midfielder
He was last reported to be playing for KF Liria in Kosovo


John Felagha – Goalkeeper

During the U17 World cup he is with ASPIRE ACADEMY, since then nothing has been heard of hi except reports that he signed for KAS Eupen . He made his debut for Eupen in the away match against FC Brussels

Ramon Azeez – Midefielder

Born in Abuja, Azeez began playing football in the Future Pro Academy. In 2010 he agreed a move to UD Almería in Spain, but had to wait until July 2011 to complete the transfer.

On 17 August 2012, after one full season with the B-side in Segunda División B, Azeez made his debut with the first team: he came on as a substitute for Javier Casquero in the 55th minute of an away fixture against FC Barcelona B for the Segunda División championship (5–4 win), but was himself replaced after just ten minutes after being booked and, according to manager Javi Gracia, risking a subsequent sending off.

On 28 June 2013, Azeez was definitely promoted to the Andalusians’ main squad, with the club having just recently promoted to La Liga. He made his debut in the competition on 30 August, playing roughly 20 minutes in a 2–2 home draw against Elche CF.

Azeez scored his first professional goal on 21 December 2013, netting the game’s only in a win at Real Betis. He repeated the feat in the second meeting between the two teams, scoring in the 94th minute for a 3–2 triumph at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos.

Azeez appeared sparingly during the 2014–15 campaign, as his side suffered relegation. In June 2015 he requested a transfer, and after failing to sign a professional contract, he was demoted back to the reserves in August.

On 26 January 2016, Azeez returned to the main squad, seriously threatened with relegation, after agreeing to a professional deal.

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