Meet Chukwueze: MOTM Nigeria Vs S/A AFCON 2019
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Meet Chukwueze: MOTM Nigeria Vs S/A AFCON 2019

Chukwueze was born in Umuahia Abia state. He is of Igbo descent and was brought up in a Christian family with a younger brother and a younger sister. He attended Government College Umuahia and Evangel Secondary School. He started playing football at the age of 8 and he admired Jay-Jay Okocha as his football idol growing up. He has been mentored by Hon. Victor Apugo whom he saw as a father, as stated in his earlier interview.

Born in Amaokwe Ugba Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State, he joined Villarreal CF’s prolific youth setup in 2017, from local side Diamond Football Academy.After being initially assigned to the club’s Juvenil A squad, he made his senior debut with the reserves on 15 April 2018, coming on as a second-half substitute for Sergio Lozano in a 1–1 Segunda División B away draw against CE Sabadell FC.

Chukwueze scored his first senior goal on 20 May 2018, netting his team’s second in a 3–1 away defeat of Bilbao Athletic. He contributed with two goals in 11 appearances during his first season, as his side missed out promotion in the play-offs.

Meet Chukwueze: MOTM Nigeria Vs S/A AFCON 2019

Chukwueze made his first-team debut on 20 September 2018, replacing Nicola Sansone in a 2–2 home draw against Rangers, for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.He also made his league debut on 5 November 2018, playing a 90-minute full play in a 1–1 home draw against Levante, for the 2018–19 La Liga.

In April 2019 he won the Nigeria Football Federation’s 2018 Young Player of the Year award.

International career

After playing for Nigeria at under-17 level, he received his first call-up to the senior team in October 2018.[7] He made his debut for the Nigerian senior team on 20 November 2018 as a starter in a 0–0 friendly draw against Uganda.[8][9]

In May 2019, Chukwueze was invited to represent Nigeria’s senior team at the Africa Cup of Nations and the Under-20 team at the Under-20 World Cup. However, club side Villarreal said he could only play in one of the tournaments. He was also part of the Nigerian squad for Africa Cup of Nations 2019 hosted in Egypt where he scored his first senior goal in Nigeria’s 2:1 win over South Africa in the quarter finals.

It was Such a big moment for the @Eng_Villarreal star Chukwueze after netting his 1st goal for the @NGSuperEagles vs @BafanaBafana He also became the youngest player to find the back of the net at the ongoing championship in Egypt this summer💪🙌👏 Big ups.

His passes were all over the place.

Musa noted that both Nigeria and South Africa had similar styles of play as they possessed more attacking prowess on the flanks.

“I think the same thing they (South Africa) have is what we too have on the wings. Both teams played the same style of football.

“But the difference was that we were more patient and persistent in our approach than our opponents.

“Chukwueze is one of the young and talented players in our squad. He had a great game today and scored a fantastic goal.

Samuel Chukwueze has expressed his delight after he was named Man of the Match in Nigeria’s 2-1 win over South Africa.
Aside from getting Super Eagles’ first goal, the youngster who became 2019 Afcon’s youngest goalscorer put up a stout attacking display against Stuart Baxter’s men.
Also, Wednesday’s strike was the Villarreal man’s first senior international goal and he has acknowledged it as a dream come true.
“I feel so happy to be named as Man-of-the-match because it has not been easy for me and the team. I have been working so hard,” Chukwueze told media.
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