5 Nigerian youngsters to watch out for in 2017


Nigeria is unarguably one of the best football loving nations in the World, with a population of over 140 million people.

Over the years Nigeria has provided many exciting footballers such as Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Nwakwo Kanu, Sunday Oliseh, Obafemi Martins, Osaze Odemwingie, Kelechi Iheanacho to mention a few.

Soccerblitz.net brings you 5 youngsters we think you should watch out for  in 2017, this list does not contain players that has been capped by the Nigeria National Team (Super Eagles).

5. Kingsley Michael (Bologna)

Kingsley Michael is one of the Nigeria U17 squad that won the tournament in Chile.

The 17 year old  has signed a pre-contract with the Italian Serie A club and will sign a professional deal when he is 18 on August 26, 2017.

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4. Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto)

Chidozie Awaziem is the only defender to appear on the list and one just as well-known for his rapid rise to stardom as his performances for FC Porto this season has been superb.

Spotted from El-Kanemi Warriors last season, Portuguese giants Porto took a punt on bringing the defender to Europe.

Now a regular starter at the Stadio Dragao, the 19-year-old has much room for improvement but has incredible potential and the physicality to have a strong career. He has made nine appearances this season, scoring once in Porto’s 2-0 win over Gil Vicente in the Taça da Liga competition.

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3. Henry Onyekeru (KAS Eupen)

The winger has been in blistering form this season scoring ten goals and six assists in 22 appearances for Belgian club KAS Eupen.

The 19 year old is yet to be capped by Nigeria and is already a starter for his Belgium club.

Onyekuru, dreams of playing the Premier League and Champions League  and wants to do it with the Gunners.

2. Kelechi Nwakali (Arsenal on-loan at MVV Maastricht)

The captain of the triumphant Nigeria U17 squad that won the tournament in Chile, winning the Golden Ball Award along the way.

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The Nigerian has been in sensational form for the dutch second tier club scoring twice in 11 appearances.

1. Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg)

Dubbed the most prolific striker ever to grace the FIFA U17 world cup, he scored 10 goals to help Nigeria win the tournament in Chile.

he then joined Wolfsburg amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham claiming he will get better first team opportunity at the German team.

he scored on his debut for Wolfsburg in a charity match against Lupo Martini in a bid to raise funds for victims of earthquake in Amartice, Italy. Wolfsburg went ahead to win that match 6-2.

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