Efe Sodje: The Former Super Eagles Star Who Played For 21 Years In England But Never Played In The Premier League
The dream of most footballers is to play at the highest stages especially the English Premier League which is arguably the best football league in Europe. A lot of Nigerian footballers have featured in the EPL, with the likes of John Obi Mikel, Nwankwo Kanu, Iheanacho, Odio Ighalo making their mark in the league, but for Efe Sodje it was never meant to be.
Peak Milk is a very popular and famous milk company in Nigeria that is filled with so many vitamins that boosts and enchance the immune system in the body. The peak milk advert made us have goosebumps and also saw one of our favourites Nigerian player the protagonists of the awesome and movie-like advert made.
1. Obafemi Martins. (Photos credit: Alamy stocks photos and Ahmed Musa on Instagram). The former Super Eagles striker is the highest scoring Nigerian player of all time in European club football biggest competition. Obafemi Martins scored 9 goals in 34 Champions League appearances while he was playing for Inter Milan in the competition.
The Italian domestic league is one of the most competitive football leagues in Europe. Great football clubs like AC Milan and Inter Milan have played in Italy for many years. AC Milan is regarded as one of the most famous football clubs in the entire world. Officials at Inter Milan and AC Milan have been able to attract some top African football players over the past thirty years.
Ahmed Musa has been included in Nigeria starting lineup for today's World Cup qualifying game against Cape Verde, according to a post on the official Facebook page of the Super Eagles. He will be making his 100th international appearance for the Nigeria national team, which is enough to place him third on the country's all-time appearance list.
Since its inception in 1992, the Premier league has been home to a number of players from different continents around the world. One continent that has had a popular presence in the league has been Africa. The likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor, Yaya Toure all represented the continent beautifully in the league and now what they started is being continued by Riyad Mahrez, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, among others.
One of the golden generations of Arsenal Football clubs had a Nigerian, Nwankwo Kanu. Many other Nigerian footballers have passed through the ranks of this club, and some are currently at the London-based club. 1. Arthur Okonkwo. This 19-year-old is a goalkeeper, and he is 6ft6 (1.98 m)tall.
The African Footballer of the year award is a recognition for the best African player in each calendar year and has been in existence since 1970. By virtue of playing in the Premier league, a lot of footballers of African descent have been privileged to bag the award.
African players have excelled for several European teams at the top level. Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Yaya Toure, and Nwankwo Kanu are all household names in football. They managed to win a few important trophies throughout that time period, and here are the top five winners.
The race for this year's African footballer of the year award, is one which is expected to draw a whole lot of attention, as a couple of African players performed excellently well, especially in Europe. The award is usually handed to the African player who has been adjudged to have been the best under the year in review.
If Africans love football so much, it’s because of them. The 10 greatest African football players of all time deserve this title because they have rocked the continent with their talent and the things they have accomplished. These are real models that the Mané - Salah generation will seek to follow.
Kelechi Iheanacho has proven to be a consistent goal scorer for club and country. And at the moment, he is one of the trusted attackers for the Super Eagles. He is young, and he probably would have more successful years with the Super Eagles. Iheanacho has a total of 34 appearances for Super Eagles, and he has scored a total of 11 goals.
The Olympic Games took place in Tokyo earlier this year. It was intially scheduled to take place last year. However, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many athletes dream of participating in the Olympics. We even have some football stars who have won an Olympic gold medal during their professional career.
Former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu is regarded as one of the most talented strikers in the history of Nigerian football. It is important to know that he also played for so many top clubs around Europe. However, he only scored 12 goals for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Arsenal Football Club has signed Nigerian wonder kid Muhammad Sada; into their Academy, a Statement made by Abdallah Yunus Abdalla who in his profile is stated as information officer, department of public affairs government house Kaduna. As confirmed by several media houses the minor has been a football fan and has been playing football from a tender age.
Over the years, so many great players have played for Arsenal FC, and this group of players could be credited with the success of the London-based club. Most notably, we have players like Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Ian Wright, Nwankwo Kanu, and many other players who I can't mention in order to lengthen the list.
The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest football competitions in the entire universe. This is why so many football stars dream of winning the Champions League at least once before they retire. We also have a few Nigerian players who have won the UEFA Champions League title.
Over 50 Nigerian Football Players have featured in the English Premier League, some of which have retired while some are still active. Nigeria is the African country with the most players in the Premier League campaign. From the likes of Efan Ekoku, who was the first to be featured in the EPL to the likes of Yakubu Aiyegbeni, are only a handful of stars with the most appearances in the EPL.
It is celebration galore in the home of Nigerian legend, Nwankwo Kanu as his second son, Iyang Onyekachi Kanu clocks 14 years today. The former Arsenal forward and his wife, Amarachi took to their respective social media accounts to celebrate their second of three children, showering him with prayers.
10. Efan Ekoku (52 goals) The former Nigeria international played in the English top-flight between 1992 and 1999. He was a striker for Wimbledon and Norwich City, scoring 52 goals in 160 appearances. 9. Nwankwo Kanu (54 goals). A true Premier League great but still not the highest Nigerian.