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Top 10 Nigerian Male Footballers To Watchout For In 2023

All players on this list are under 30 at the start of the year and will be hoping to have a wonderful outing in the 2023 calendar year.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 16th January 2023

It’s the start of the year and Bounce Sports have predicted the top ten male Nigerian footballers who have the potential to take world football by storm in 2023. All players on this list are under 30 at the start of the year and will be hoping to have a wonderful outing in the 2023 calendar year.


10. Igoh Ogbu (Slavia Prague) – The young center back made a name for himself in Norway with Lillestrøm, racking up 54 appearances. Ogbu who was a former youth international recently joined Czech Republican giants Slavia Prague in January 2023, joining Peter Olayinka and Moses Usor at the club.


9. Ibrahim Olawoyin (Çaykur Rizespor) -The fleet-footed forward was immense for Turkish club Ankara Keçiörengücü in 2022, scoring four goals and assisted seven. He has now teamed up with Caykur Rizespor who are also chasing a promotion ticket to the Turkish topflight.


8. Saviour Godwin (Casa Pia) – Will he move to Europe’s Top 5 leagues ? Will he become a regular in the Super Eagles ? Those are the questions that need to be answered by Godwin this year. He had a 2022 to remember with the Portuguese Primeira Liga newbies, scoring nine times and assisting three.


7. Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk) – Is this the year he bids farewell to the Belgium topflight league? Will he prove his worth at the national team level ? Paul is hopeful of having a great 2023 with both club and country. A move away from the Smurfs has always eluded him but this time around fortune may be smiling at him.


6. Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp) – This year may be the time he finally seals a spot in the Super Eagles squad. He has consistently marshaled the midfield for his Belgian employers and is regarded as one of the most valuable youngsters in the Jupiler Pro League.


Image of Victor Osihmen, one of the Nigerian footballers to look of for in 2023


5. Victor Boniface (RUSG) – Fresh from making a switch from the Norwegian league to Belgium’s top league. He is rapidly building a reputation for himself in Belgium and a call up to the Super Eagles is not far-fetched due to his goalscoring exploits.


4. Alex Iwobi (Everton) – Alex Iwobi played a pivotal role in helping Everton finish well in 2022 and hopefully he will continue to rise to the occasion for both club and country this year. A move away from Goodison Park will not be ruled out despite being close to signing a contract extension with the Toffees.


3. Ademola Lookman (Atalanta) – Lookman has had a beautiful start to life in Italy and he’s one of the forces leading Atalanta’s rejuvenation in the Serie A. The former Everton youngster has scored seven goals and assisted two in sixteen appearances for the Bergamo based outfit.


2. Terem Moffi (Lorient) – The Nigerian born footballer is a contender for the Golden Boot in France’s Ligue 1, only PSG stars Neymar & Kylian Mbappe are his hottest competitors. He had a good outing with Nigeria following his debut in June 202021.


1.Victor Osimhen (Napoli) – Nigeria’s greatest export of the 2010’s no doubt. He has continued to make headlines with his performance on the field of play and transfer tussle between top and historical European clubs. Will he make a big move away from Napoli ? Will he win the Scudetto ?


This is 2023 and the best is yet to come for Nigerian football. Who will become the greatest star amongst these footballers ?

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