Confirmed: Brentford loan in Nigeria youth teamer from club owned by Super Eagles winger 

Published: August 31, 2023
Confirmed: Brentford loan in Nigeria youth teamer from club owned by Super Eagles winger 

Through a statement on their official website, Brentford have announced the signing of Nigerian centre-back Benjamin Fredrick, subject to international clearance. 

​The Flying Eagles defender joins the Premier League club on a loan deal from his parent club Simoiben FC with the option to sign him on a permanent deal.

​The Nigeria underage international will start his Brentford career with the B team.

Fredrick shone like a million stars at the last edition of the FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina.

The 18-year-old formed a formidable partnership in the centre of defence with Abel Ogwuche before Nigeria exited the competition in the quarter-finals after a 1-0 defeat to South Korea.

Brentford B coach Neil Macfarlane has revealed why the Bees decided to sign the talented centre-back.


"Benjamin is a player who has been identified by our recruitment department and he's a real prospect having impressed for Nigeria in recent tournaments," he told the club's official website.


"He's a very tenacious player who likes to defend on the front foot. He's somebody we will look to develop through our games programme, and we'll see how his development progresses over the course of his loan. We look forward to welcoming Benjamin to the club." 

​Fredrick is a product of Simoiben Academy which is owned by Super Eagles winger Moses Simon.

​The central defender has had previous loan spells with Nigerian club sides ABS FC and Nasarawa United.




Abdulkareem Abdulhamid



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