25.02.2024, 20:51

Rising Stars: The Next Generation of Super Eagles Poised to Elevate Nigeria's Footballing Prowess

Rising Stars: The Next Generation of Super Eagles Poised to Elevate Nigeria's Footballing Prowess

Nigeria is recognized as a powerhouse in global football, with a wealth of talent and prowess in the sport.

The recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2024) was a significant stage for the Super Eagles players to demonstrate their worthiness of the iconic green and white jersey to the football community.

Some players were certain of their inclusion for the Ivory Coast tournament, while others were on the brink, keen to prove their value soon.

Numerous players are yet to receive their first Super Eagles cap, though they have shown potential to make meaningful contributions to the team.

Players Poised to Strengthen the Super Eagles for AFCON 2025


Below, we highlight nine players who are poised to become integral members of the Super Eagles squad in the foreseeable future.

Dominic Solanke

Dominic Solanke's stellar performance in the Premier League with Bournemouth marks a significant achievement in his career. The experienced forward, who has represented England at various youth levels, has shone brightly this season, scoring an impressive 13 goals in 23 matches.

Despite his prior commitments to the English national team, recent developments suggest he is open to representing Nigeria if he is not selected for England's squad for the forthcoming European Championships. His support for the Eagles during the AFCON suggests the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) should actively pursue him, as Solanke could add a new dimension to Nigeria's already formidable attack.

Gabriel Osho

The Super Eagles showcased remarkable defensive strength during the tournament in Ivory Coast, conceding only four goals in seven matches. Gabriel Osho, having played 14 Premier League matches for Luton FC, has become a key player for his club. His ability to contribute offensively, with two goals, and his versatility in playing as a right-back could significantly bolster the Super Eagles defence.

Caleb Okoli

Caleb Okoli, born in Vicenza, Italy, and currently on loan from Atalanta to Serie A club Frosinone, is a valuable future asset for the Super Eagles. His performance at Cremonese, aiding in their promotion to Serie A, highlights his talent. Despite his involvement with Italy's youth teams, the NFF has an opportunity to persuade him to commit his international future to Nigeria.

Ifeanyi Mathew

The Super Eagles' midfield has been a point of concern for fans, particularly during the AFCON. Ifeanyi Mathew, who is playing for FC Zurich in the Swiss Super League, has emerged as a potential solution. His contributions this season—participating in all matches with goals and assists—suggest he could greatly improve the team's midfield dynamics.

Fisayo Dele-Basiru

Fisayo Dele-Basiru, who has only made one appearance for the Eagles, could be a valuable addition as an attacking midfielder. Having moved from Manchester City's academy to Sheffield Wednesday and now playing for Hatayaspor in Turkey, his performance suggests he could enhance the Super Eagles' attacking options.

Carney Chukwuemeka

The absence of a high-caliber attacking midfielder in the Super Eagles squad is noticeable. Carney Chukwuemeka, with his significant contributions to England's U-19 European Championship victory, could fill this gap. Convincing him to represent Nigeria could be a major coup for the team, similar to Victor Moses's decision to play for Nigeria.

Michael Olise

Michael Olise, eligible to represent multiple countries, could significantly benefit the Super Eagles with his versatility and skill as an attacking midfielder. His ability to deliver precise passes and control the ball makes him a valuable potential addition to the team.

Elijah Adebayo

Elijah Adebayo's impressive season, with 9 goals in 23 league appearances, has caught the attention of many. His openness to playing for the Nigerian national team, supported by his mother's loyalty to the Super Eagles, makes him a promising prospect for enhancing Nigeria's attack.

Nathan Tella

Having previously been called up for the national team, Nathan Tella's experience and performances at Bayer Leverkusen indicate he could play a vital role for the Super Eagles moving forward, despite not making the final squad for AFCON 2024. His integration into the team could be crucial for future success.

Benjamin Carter
Sports Analyst


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