Meet the Talented Winger Leading Nigeria’s AFCON 2022 Campaign

At the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles will be vying for their fourth continental title, and Chidera Ejuke will be a major figure in the team’s prospects.

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Ejuke’s performance would be crucial for Nigeria if they are to win a fourth AFCON title, given the roster has been ravaged by injuries and withdrawals.

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But who is this winger with so much potential?

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Ejuke is currently with CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League, and despite being only 23, he has had an incredible trip.

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The 23-year-old’s abilities were first recognized at the U-17 level, but he never had the opportunity to compete for Nigeria at any age level.

He was ineligible to play for the Golden Eaglets, who won the 2015 u-17 World Cup, and was also ineligible to play for the squad that failed to qualify for the World Cup two years later.

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Ejuke also had a failed trial with Liverpool in the English Premier League. Ejuke got his chance with Nigerian team Gombe United after failing to play for the Golden Eaglets and Liverpool.

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He only stayed with the team for a few months before traveling to Europe and signing with Vlerenga Fotball in Norway.

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Ejuke’s outstanding performance in Norway drew the attention of Heerenveen, who paid 2 million euros to sign him in 2019.

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But, like his experience at Gombe United, Ejuke only stayed at Heerenveen for a year before being sold to CSKA Moscow for 12 million euros.

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Ejuke’s performances at CSKA earned him a call-up to the Super Eagles in October 2020. But it was not until this season that his abilities drew the attention of many Nigerians.

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This season, the Nigerian has been CSKA’s finest player, winning the club’s player of the month award three times.

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Despite the fact that he has yet to have a consistent run of games in the club, he is already a fan favorite at the international level due to his ability to easily get past opponents.

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However, thanks to new interim coach Austin Eguavoen, who is a big fan of the talented winger, Ejuke is expected to play a key role in the Super Eagles’ AFCON 2021 campaign.

 

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