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Meet 8 England Players That Are Originally From Nigeria (Photos)

1. Chukwuemeka Nwadike

Chukwuemeka Ibezimife Nwadike, born 9 August 1978, is an English footballer of Nigerian descent.

He attended St. Edwards Primary School and Robert Sutton Catholic High School in Burtont.

He has previously played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Shrewsbury Town, Alfreton Town, Grantham Town, King's Lynn, Ilkeston Town, Hednesford Town, Worcester City, Telford United, Hinckley United and Gainsborough Trinity.

Nwadike began his career in the youth ranks at Wolverhampton Wanderers but was snubbed a professional contract and was snapped up by Shrewsbury Town in 1996. After two seasons at Gay Meadow he was released and exited the Football League to join Non-League Grantham Town. He moved on to King's Lynn in 2000 and then on to Ilkeston Town in 2001.

Ilkeston loaned Nwadike to Hednesford Town in 2003, and he was eventually released at the end of the 2002 to 2003 season. In June 2003, he signed for Northern Premier League side Alfreton Town on a free transfer, eventually becoming club captain as well as making 126 league appearances, some of which came in the Conference North division that was formed in 2004 with Alfreton as a founding member. In 2007, he joined Worcester City, and later Telford United a year later. Following 20 appearances for United in the 2008 to 2009 season, he was made available for loan and signed with Hinckley United for the remainder of the season.

In July 2009 Nwadike joined Eastwood Town, and a year later he was amongst a number of new signings made by Brian Little at Gainsborough Trinity. He failed to make a single appearance for the club from joining the club in July 2010 to his departure in March 2011, namely because of an achilles injury. He re-joined Eastwood Town in March and in June 2011 he began an employment tribunal against Gainsborough for a confidential matter between club and player. Nwadike then joined Northern Premier League team Stamford AFC in February 2014 to add some experience to a young team in their bid to remain in the division having been promoted via the play-offs the season before.

2. Michael Elechi

Chickanele Michael Elechi, born 10 October 2001, is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for League One club Oxford United.

Born in Westminster to Nigerian parents, Elechi started his youth career at Manchester United, joining their academy in 2016, but was released by Manchester United in 2018. He subsequently joined Oxford United and signed his first professional contract with them in December 2018, lasting until summer 2021. On 5 February 2021, Elechi joined National League South side Oxford City on an initial one month loan, with an option to extend the loan to the end of the season. He made 2 league appearances on loan at Oxford City.

Born in England, Elechi is of Nigerian descent.

3. Kion Etete Chuma

Kion Etete Chuma is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Etete came through the youth team at Notts County and made his senior debut for the Magpies in a group stage match of the EFL Trophy against Newcastle United on 9 October 2018, coming on as a 76th-minute substitute for fellow youth-team player, Tyreece Kennedy-Williams.

In 2019, he underwent a trial at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring twice against West Ham United. On 7 June 2019, Notts County announced, via Twitter, that Etete had officially joined Tottenham Hotspur after a successful trial at the club.

Etete was born in England to a Nigerian father and English mother.

4. Mark Chukwuemeka Nwokeji

Mark Obidozie Chukwuemeka Nwokeji is an English footballer.

Mark started his football career as a youth team player with Charlton Athletic and then Colchester United, having previously been an All-England Schoolboy 200 metres champion.

From 2002 to 2006, he played for non-league sides including Chesham United, Walton and Hersham and St Albans City before joining Staines Town for a two season stint that saw him rack up an impressive 45 goals in 75 appearances.

Having attracted the attention of League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge, Mark joined the Daggers in May 2008 and scored on his debut that August. However having played 20 games for the side, scoring 5 goals, he succumbed to a knee injury in January 2009 that kept him out for the rest of the season.

In November 2009 he joined Luton Town on loan and ended up staying for the rest of the season, then moving to Blue Square Premier side AFC Wimbledon in 2010 where he played 18 games, and also spent five matches on loan with Eastleigh. Mark then signed for the Hawks in June 2011.

Born in Manchester to Nigerian parents, Nwokeji was the 200 metres All-England Schoolboy champion prior to becoming a footballer. His former clubs include Walton & Hersham, Harlow Town, Leatherhead, Chesham United, Ware, St Albans City and Staines Town.

5. Chigozie Eze Ugwu

Chigozie Eze Ugwu was born on 22 April, 1993 in Oxford, United Kingdom, is an English footballer.

Ugwu was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire to Nigerian parents of Nigerian descent.

He began his career with Reading and progressed through the club's academy to sign a first professional contract in June 2011. On 15 July 2016, Ugwu joined Nationwide League. On 6 August 2016, Ugwu made his Woking debut in a 3–1 house defeat in opposition to Lincoln Metropolis, enjoying the complete 90 minutes.

6. Dennis Chiedozie Oli

Dennis Chiedozie Oli, born 28 January 1984 in Newham, England, is an English footballer, currently playing for Hemel Hempstead Town.

He previously played for Queens Park Rangers, Gravesend & Northfleet, Farnborough Town, Swansea City, Cambridge United, Grays Athletic, Gillingham, Wycombe Wanderers and Havant & Waterlooville.

He is of Nigerian descent.

7. Joshua Chukwudinma Umerah

Joshua Chukwudinma Umerah, born 8 March 1997, is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ebbsfleet United.

Umerah came through the Charlton Athletic academy, and helped the under-18 side to win the Professional Development League 2 after finishing as top-scorer during the 2014 to 2015 season. He made his first team debut as a 66th-minute substitute for Igor Vetokele in a 6–0 defeat to Hull City in a Championship match at the KCOM Stadium on 16 January 2016. He signed an extended contract with the club in April 2016, to keep him at the club until June 2018.

Umerah moved on loan to Kilmarnock in January 2017. Umerah joined Wycombe Wanderers on 29 August 2017 for an initial loan running until January 2018, wearing the number 26 shirt for his time at Adams Park.

On 8 August 2018, Umerah signed on loan for Boreham Wood for the entire 2018 to 2019 season.

On 23 July 2019, Umerah signed for Ebbsfleet United.

He is of Nigerian descent.

8. Chukwunonso Madueke

Chukwunonso Madueke, born 10 March 2002, is an English professional footballer who plays for Dutch club PSV, as an attacking midfielder.

Madueke was born in London on March 10, 2002, to parents of Nigerian descent. He started his career with Crystal Palace Youth team in 2014 before joining Tottenham’s Youth side a few months later.

While with Tottenham’s Youth side, Madueke’s talent was quickly spotted and was named Spurs U-16 captain.

That was not all though, as he also made his debut for the U-18 side at the age of just 15. After he received the Golden Ball at the 2017 Sonnenland Cup, a lot of clubs took notice of his talents.

Manchester United were the club to make an offer, while Spurs also offered him a new deal. But it was PSV, who eventually signed the 18-year-old in 2018.

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