Lesley Ugochukwu: Nigeria Eligible star is new Rennes midfield pillar

Lesley Ugochukwu: Nigeria Eligible star is new Rennes midfield pillar

May 30, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

Lesley Ugochukwu, the young Nigeria star is new Rennes midfield pillar after impressing on his first professional debut against Dijon.


Nigeria eligible youngster Lesley Ugochukwu is had turned into Renne’s new midfield pillar alongside European top transfer target Eduardo Camavinga.



Who is Lesley Ugochukwu? He is a Franco Nigerian midfielder who currently plays as a Midfielder for Rennes.


Is Lesley Ugochukwu a Nigerian? Lesley African roots are traced down to Nigeria. Through his parents, he is from the Eastern part of the country.


Playing in the midfield for Rennes this season, Ugochukwu has been impressive for the club all season long.


Just at 17, the box to box midfielder played his first professional career match for Rennes in a French Ligue 1 tie against Dijon.


After signing his first professional contract with the club at just 16 years, 3 months and 9 days, he has gradually improved on his abilities in the middle of the park.

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Born in 2004, Lesley Ugochukwu has been with Rennes youth setup, he was finally rewarded with a professional contract by the Ligue 1 outfit who is still the surprise team in the league.



Last season, the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League and played in the group stages against top sides including Premier League side Chelsea.


Speaking about his promotion to the senior team, Lesley could not hide his happiness.


“ I don’t think I even realized, I still can’t believe it. It’s a dream to walk to Roazhon Park, my club since I was little. A dream that I just realized and I hope it will continue. »He said after the French Ligue 1 match against Dijon


Since the beginning of the 2020/2021 season, he has been the biggest surprise in the entire team.


Born in 2004, Lesley Ugochukwu is a Franco Nigerian Midfielder eligible to represent the two countries at the senior level.

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He signed for the club at age eight and has continued to develop through the youth ranks of the club.


Landry Chauvin, former director of the Académie Rennaise spoke about the new midfield pillar.


“He had a much earlier growth than most of his partners, and pre-training football was no longer suitable for him. keep moving on.” said the former Academy director.


Still, on his journey to the top of Rennes, Ugochukwu revealed more about it.


“ My first call in an official match was against Sevilla in the Champions League. I didn’t think it would come so quickly! Moreover, the day before my summons, I thought I was coming to La Piverdière only to do a Covid test, then I was told to train. The next day, I was on the plane. I was very proud, very happy. Not everyone joins the team during a European match. “


Although not compared with Eduardo Camavinga, the Rennes new Midfield pillar still has the opportunity to further improve himself.

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Nigeria and France at the national team level

He is currently eligible to represent the two nations. Born in Rennes, France is eligible to represent the French national teams as his country of birth.


For Nigeria, he is eligible to represent the country through his parents who have roots linked with the West Africans.

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