Nigeria 2007 U17 World cup winning squad | Where are they now?


Late Yemi Tella, led a team of Youngsters to Korea and won Nigeria it’s 3rd crown in that age category of FIFA competition.

Like previous junior teams, many Nigerians had high hope for these youngsters and hoped that someday they will form the core of the senior national team, the Super Eagles.

Sadly, None of these players are playing for the Super Eagles, some are playing in the local league, while some are playing for a top team.

We take a look at these players are the clubs they are currently playing for, see list below:

Laide Okanlawon

Featured briefly in the U-20 and U-23 Olympic team, Okanlawon failed to take his game to the zenith, but was seeing in and out of clubs in the domestic league in the country.

Despite being highly regarded for several years, Okanlawon got limited playing time during the last three seasons.

At Sharks FC, Okanlawon was second-choice goalkeeper behind Danladi Isah, featuring in only three games during the Nigeria Professional Football League 2014, Nothing concrete have been heard of him since then.

Ganiyu Bolaji Oseni

The Osogbo, Osun State-born player is currently playing for Đồng Tâm Long An in Vietnam.

He had series of trials in North Africa after the 2007 feat. He also played for CSKA Moscow, Esperance in Tunis and since 2011 he has been in Vietnam.

He featured briefly in the Nigeria U-23 All Africa Games qualifier in April 2011 where he scored a brace in the 6-1 win over Liberia.

Usman Amodu

The player recently played as defender for Shooting Stars Sport Club.

Azeez Balogun

Nothing is heard of Balogun Since the World Cup in 2007.

Kingsley Udoh

Udoh failed to secure a deal with Spanish side Atlético Madrid in 2009 and failed missions at Olympiacos F.C. and Olympique Lyon in France. He also trained with Uruguayan team C.A. Peñarol but failed to sign a contract.

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Udoh was called into the Nigeria camp for the 2008 African Nations Cup but was cut from the final 23-man squad. He did however make his debut for the Super Eagles in the warm-up game with Sudan which Nigeria won 2-0.

Nigeria’s manager Berti Vogts cited his inclusion as a way of gaining valuable experience. He has also played for the under-20 and Olympic Eagles.

After this sojourn, Udoh settled down in the local scene where he is currently playing for Sunshine Stars of Akure as a central defender.

Daniel Joshua

The central defender’s career was cut short by a deadly car accident in 2009 on his way to the Nigeria U-20 camp

King Moses Osanga

Osanga was with the Nigeria national under-20 football team at 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and was called up to the senior team for the first time in August 2010 for a friendly in South Korea.

In the 2013–2014 season he played for White Star Bruxelles in Belgian Second Division and currently with Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC, of Ibadan.

Kabiru Akinsola Olanrewaju

The forward had a brief stint with Étoile Sportive du Sahel in Tunisia. He played Spain’s UD Salamanca and appearing rarely over the course of two second division seasons.

He also appeared in the colours of Cádiz CF, FC Cartagena and CE L’Hospitalet, this being interspersed by a brief spell in Cyprus, he later moved in with Sunshine Stars but currently with Merida AD in Spanish Segunda division.

Macauley Chrisantus

He is currently playing for CF Reus Deportiu. He played for different clubs such as Hamburg in 2007, Karlsruher SC in the 2009–10 season, Turkish Süper Lig side Sivasspor, Las Palmas in Spain.

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On January 2015 Chrisantus signed with Greek Side AEK Athens FC on a 18 months deal with an option of a further two years based on performance. He also featured at the 2009 U-20 World cup held in Egypt.

Rabiu Ibrahim

Ibrahim is playing for K.A.A. Gent as an attacking midfielder. He had played for clubs such as Sporting Clube de Portugal, PSV, Celtic and Kilmarnock in Europe.

In late 2007, the youngster was included by World Soccer in its 50 Most Exciting Teen Footballers list and, in March of the following year, he was featured by in an article on young African footballers alongside the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Mario Balotelli and John Obi Mikel.

In January 2009, he made’s list of 10 African Players to Watch, and The Times’ Football’s Top 50 Rising Stars.

He was included in the Nigerian senior team squad by German coach Berti Vogts for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, but a groin injury prevented him from participating in the tournament.

Samson Siasia called him to his Super Eagles in November 2010. He had a rare success out of all his colleagues in the Yemi Tella’s Golden Eaglets.

Sheriff Isa

He is playing for FC Chornomorets Odesa in the Ukrainian Premier League.

Yakubu Alfa

The Minna, Niger State- born player is currently with Niger Tornadoes F.C.

He had also played for Helsingborgs IF in Sweden and AEK Larnaca. On 15 December 2008, he was called up to the Nigerian under-20 national team for the African Youth Championship at the Rwanda 2009 where he scored a goal against Egypt.

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On 3 March 2010 earned his first call-up to the Super Eagles.

Lukman Abdulkarim Haruna

In December 2007, AS Monaco signed Haruna on a four-year contract.

In June 2011, Haruna signed a five-year contract with FC Dynamo Kyiv.

In July 2015, Haruna moved to FC Anzhi Makhachkala on a loan deal from Dynamo Kyiv until the end of 2015.[3] Anzhi decided not to extend the loan after it ended.

On 3 April 2016, Haruna joined FC Astana on loan until 30 June 2016.

He has been off and on in the Super Eagles.

Uche Okafor

He represented the Flying Eagles at 2009 African Youth Championship in Rwanda at the 2009 U-20 World Cup.

He is Currently playing for Enugu Rangers

Matthew Edile

He plays as a left back for Terrassa FC.

Dele Ajiboye

He currently plays for Warri Wolves F.C.

Ajiboye began his career with Prime F.C., and in September 2008 joined Wikki Tourists F.C. After one year with Wikki Tourists, where he played 14 games, he left on 16 September 2009 to sign with the Spanish club Pontevedra CF.

After being released from Pontevedra in November 2011, he signed the next month with Shooting Stars.

After 3SC’s relegation in 2013, he signed to play for Nasarawa United. However, transfer issues kept him from playing until two months in the new season.

Abdulkarim Lukman

He is currently playing for Yemeni club Shabab Al Jee.

Saheed Fabiyi

He played for Enyimba and was last reported to be training with Wisla Krakow.

Ademola Rafeal

He played for Atlético Baleares, and was last reported to be training with Wisla Krakow

Uremu Egbeta

He was released by Warri Wolves in 2016.

Mustapha Ibrahim Dan-Amadu

Nothing has been heard of him.

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