Meet 7 Italy Players That Are Initially From Nigeria (Photos)

1. Destiny Udogie

Iyenoma Udogie is an Italian player. He is currently playing as a defender for Hellas Verona.

He was born on 28 November 2002 in Italy, and he is originally a Nigerian.

2. Michael Folorunsho

Born 7 February 1998, Michael Folorunsho is an Italian footballer currently playing for the club, Bari.

He is of Nigerian descent.


3. Stefano Olubunmi Layeni

Stefano Olubunmi Layeni is an Italian player. He is currently playing as a goalkeeper for the club, Prato.

Stephano was born in Lombardy, Italy to parents of Nigerian descent.


4. William Jidayi

William Jidayi, born 9 August 1984, is an Italian player. He plays as a midfielder for Ravenna.


William was born in Ravenna, Italy, to a Nigerian father and a mother of Italian descent.


5. Christian Jidayi

Christian Jidayi, born 3 March 1987, is an Italian footballer who plays for Pro Patria, on loan from Novara.

Born in Avellino, Campania, Italy, to a Nigerian father and an Italian mother, Jidayi started his career at Romagna club, Cesena. On 28 August 2013, he was signed by the club, Forlì. On 16 September 2015, he was signed by Pro Patria in a temporary deal.

Christians’s brother, William Jidayi, is also a professional footballer.


6. Taiwo Ojo

Taiwo Daniel Ojo is an Italian professional soccer player. He is currently playing as a defender for the club, Yeovil Town.

He was born on 17 February 2001 in Parma, Italy, to Nigerian parents. He is currently 20 years old.


7. Angelo Ogbonna

Obinze Angelo Ogbonna, born 23 May 1988, is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club West Ham United and the Italy national team.

Ogbonna signed for Torino in 2002, having previously been a member of Nuova Cassino’s youth set-up. Ogbonna made his debut in Serie A at the age of 18 under Alberto Zaccheroni. In July 2013, he transferred to city rivals, Juventus, winning the Scudetto in 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015, as well as the 2013 Supercoppa Italiana and the 2014 to 2015 Coppa Italia.

He was a member of the Italian side which finished runners-up at UEFA Euro 2012, and also represented his nation at UEFA Euro 2016.

On 12 August 2009, he made his debut with the Italian under-21 team in a friendly game against Russia.

Ogbonna made his senior debut on 11 November 2011 in a 2–0 friendly victory against Poland, where he came on as a substitute for Domenico Criscito in the 77th minute.

Ogbonna was born to Nigerian parents who emigrated to Italy from Nigeria in 1983, settling in the city of Cassino in the central part of the country, but managed to obtain Italian citizenship only after his 18th birthday.

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