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Sunderland player open to play for Nigeria

Written by: Juan Joe Oladayo

Sunderland’s English-Nigerian teenager, Josh Maja, 18, has said he has the eligibility of representing Nigeria at senior levels. The sensational teenager was born in England.  

The Sunderland striker made his first-team (club) debut for the team in their 2-1 victory over QPR in the English
League Cup in September 2016, coming on as a 69th minute substitute.

The teenager told Sunderland’s official YouTube “I am originally from London but my family is from Nigeria. I grew up with my three brothers and my mom and sister, ”

“My family, mainly my mom, advises me everyday to work hard and be dedicated to my football.”

He named Defoe as his favourite player in the team, while mentioning Messi as his overall favourite: “At this club my favourite is Defoe. Messi is my favourite player, the way he handles the ball and the way he controls and scores goals.”

Josh Maja played previously at the academy of Crystal Palace, Fulham and Manchester City, before he was signed by Sunderland in 2015.

Writer’s View

Good one from this teenager. I think scouts and technical crew of the Nigerian Super Eagles should start watching out for this future prospect.

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