Gabriel Osho: Three reasons Nigerian Federation should make another move for Luton Town CB

Published: February 22, 2024
Gabriel Osho: Three reasons Nigerian Federation should make another move for Luton Town CB

Flashback to 2015, a talented young defender currently plying his trade for Luton Town in the English Premier League, received an invitation to the Nigeria U17 camp.


This player, brimming with potential, was expected to be a part of the Golden Eaglets squad that would compete in the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in Chile. However, as fate would have it, he ultimately did not make the final cut.


Fast forward to today, that same central defender has matured into a formidable force at the back for Luton Town, establishing himself as a key player during their Championship campaign last season and currently in the Premier League this season.


His impressive performances have not gone unnoticed, with whispers of renewed interest from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) starting to gain traction. 


However, a decision to re-approach the Luton Town defender is not without its challenges.


Despite declaring interest to represent the Nigerian national team, it may still require a strategic approach from the NFF to convince him to commit his international future to the 2023 AFCON silver medalist amidst potential interests from his country of birth.


More so, considering the talent and potential he possesses, the potential rewards far outweigh the risks.


He could be the missing piece that solidifies the Nigerian defense and propels the Super Eagles to even greater heights on the international stage.


The time is ripe for the NFF to reignite their interest in this talented defender. By doing so, they have the opportunity to not only address a crucial need in the national team but also reignite the dreams of a young player who aspires to represent his nation on the world stage. takes a look at three compelling reasons why the Nigeria Football Federation should seriously consider making another move for this talented defender:


1. Filling the void to be vacated by the ageing William Troost-Ekong in central defense:


The Nigerian national team has long been in need of a young, reliable and composed central defender to solidify the backline and provide a sense of continuity for ageing AFCON 2023 MVP, William Troost-Ekong, who might be a step closer to international retirement by each match played.


This Luton Town defender, with his previous experience in the demanding English Championship, possesses the Ekong-like qualities that the Nigerian defense craves.


His ability to read the game, win aerial duels, and distribute the ball effectively would bring much-needed stability and composure to the backline.


2. Leadership potential and mentorship: 


While the defender's individual talent is undeniable, his leadership qualities and potential to mentor younger players should not be overlooked.


Playing in a competitive league like the English Premier League has undoubtedly honed his leadership skills, allowing him to command his defensive line and communicate effectively with his teammates.


By incorporating the defender into the national team setup, the NFF would not just gain a talented player but also invest in the future of Nigerian football.


His leadership qualities in the field of play make him a valuable asset that could significantly contribute to the team's success and inspire the next generation of stars.


3. Rekindled passion and desire to represent Nigeria:


While he may not have made the final cut for the U-17 World Cup,  he still wishes to represent the three time African champions internationally.


Seeing his compatriots excel on the international stage over the years would have only strengthened this desire.


Bringing him back into the fold would not only bolster the national team defensively but also serve as a motivational force for other young players aspiring to wear the green and white jersey.



Ejim Kaycee



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