Tottenham Hotspur Young goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi whose father Abiodun Ogunyemi was also a goalkeeper committed his international future to Nigeria ahead of England and would offer the country more.
The Spurs prospect committed his international future to the Super Eagles of Nigeria despite being presented with the opportunity to join England for the U20 World Cup in 2019.
This move by the youngster was seen as one of the best moves he had made so far in his career as a footballer.
Nigeria in the past few years have suffered in the goalkeeping department which forced the head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr to head to Europe in search of goalkeepers.
During his search, he was able to locate Francis Uzoho and young Maduka Okoye who now plays for Dutch league side Sparta Rotterdam and he is currently eyed by some other big teams within and outside the Netherlands.
For Joshua Oluwayemi, there’s still plenty of time available to shine for the Super Eagles of Nigeria despite not being considered for selection for the team since he made that choice to switch allegiance.
Even though the team is yet to invite to the senior side, he’ll would definitely get a call up so long he is consistent.
About Joshua Oluwayemi, the goalkeeper expected to light up Nigeria’s backline in the nearest future
Born 2001, in Waltham Forest North East England to Abiodun Ogunyemi who was also a goalkeeper currently plays his football in England with Tottottenham Hotspur, the London based club.
He represented the European nation at the U15 and 16 levels before deciding on his international future, which he felt Nigeria was the best option for him to go.
According to his words, we will accept to play for his father’s land if they come calling one day.
”If Nigeria comes for me, then I’ll go but at the moment I am focusing on England youth, and then Nigeria first”, said the youngster as cited by All Nigeria Soccer.
Right now, his focus is all about playing at the Professional level with Spurs. At least, the club he had grown to see football as his career.
Joshua Oluwayemi stats and what it represents in his career
Started as his career at the development squad of Spurs, he had gradually received recognition from the entire youth team.
He has well represented England at various youth level including the U15 and U16 before deciding to snub the English nation for his African roots.
At the club level, he is a core member of the U18 youth setup with a clear vision to advance to the senior side within a short time which has been the clear desire that has pushed him to work harder in his game.
The intentions to represent Nigeria at the senior national level could be seen as a welcome development on the side of the West African country which saw the likes of Carl Ikeme, Maduka Okoye switch their nationalities to the Super Eagles.
As things stand currently, Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and John Noble are fighting for the permanent spot in the goal post which the Spurs youngster could also come in with his wealth of experience so far.
As per Cartilage Free Captain, the youngster was loaned to Maidenhead United.
5 Joshua Oluwayemi Ogunyemi things would offer Nigeria
Looking at the level of football he has had so far despite being barely 20 years of age. He would add more to the Nigerian team in the long run.
The 5 things he would offer Nigeria
There’s no other way to measure Joshua Oluwayemi’s love for his country than this. The decision means he has a love for his father which has been a clear indication of commitment.
At least, he would be available whenever the country needs. He wants to play and there is passion behind it.
Yes, more competition in the goalkeeping department is what he is going to offer. When there is more competition in the team, everyone would have to increase their game level to stay in contention.
He is a versatile, strong and impressive goalkeeping with potentials.
3. More options
At least, there would be more options to choose from. Although Nigeria still has some youngsters like Dele Alampasu in the mix, he would surely add more spice to it.
What he wants now is a call up to the Nigerian National team.
4. Assured future
Although the ages of Maduka Okoye and Francis Uzoho is not an issue right, the Super Eagles still need more young goalkeepers that would be available at all times.
At times when the team is hit by injuries, there are still options out there to choose from.
5. Special talent
He is indeed a talented one waiting to explode as the opportunity comes his way. He has a great talent that would help the Super Eagles.
Joshua Oluwayemi Ogunyemi at Spurs has the potentials and is expected to grow into a first-team choice at the Professional level in the nearest future.
Nigeria is one of the few African countries with the most talented young players spread across the world and has continued to produce more every year.