Meet The Three Nigerian-Born Players That Featured In The 2022/23 EPL Opening Match, #Meet #NigerianBorn #Players #Featured #EPL #Opening #Match Welcome to EODBA BLOG, This is the most recent breaking news and trending broadcast that we have for you today: :
The 2022/23 edition of the English Premier League (EPL) began on Friday, August 5, 2022. It was a London derby between Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Interestingly, there are three players with Nigerian parentage. Who are these footballers?
The first player among this trio is Bukayo Saka. He was born on September 5, 2001 in London but his father (Yomi) and mother (Adeniki) are Nigerians. They moved to England in the Early 1990s. The young Saka joined Arsenal as youth 2008 and moved through the ranks until 2019 when he was drafted into the senior team of the North London club.
The 2022/23 EPL opening is the 132nd appearance of the left-footed midfielder for the Gunners. He made an impressive show in the match. The 2021 Community Shield winner made twenty eight passes with an accuracy of 82% percent. He also made the highest number of goal attempts (3) in the game. With a market value of €65m, Saka is the most valuable player in the match.
The second Nigerian-born player that featured in the match is Eberechi Eze. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder was also born in London. His parents were Nigerian-migrants in England. Eze started off with Arsenal Youths in 2006. He however had stints at the youth outfits of Fulham, Reading and Millwall before joining QPR as a free agent. In August, 2020, the right-footed star moved to Crystal Palace from the Hoops for a fee of €17.8m.
Eberechi has played in 54 games in all competition for the South East London club with four goals to show for it. The former England U-21 star played for 86 minutes on August 5, 2022. Before he was replaced, Eze made 33 passes with an accuracy of 88% and won all his tackles. At the international level he can still represent Nigeria because he has not played for the England national team.
Malcolm Perewari Ebiowei is third player who has Nigerian ancestry in the game. He was born in England on September 3, 2003 to Nigerian parents. Interestingly, he was played for Netherlands’ U-15 side and England’s U-16 outfit. The teenager started off at Chelsea Academy before joining Arsenal youth outfit in 2015. Then, in 2020, he moved to the Academy of Glasgow Rangers. The youngster joined Crystal Palace as a free agent on July 1, 2022.
Ebiowei came in for his compatriot, Eberechi Eze in the opening match day clash against Arsenal. Within his few minutes in the game, he made two accurate passes out of three attempted. He made about six touches before the end of the match. The winger (who can play from both flanks) is still eligible to represent the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
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