Two Nigerian-born fast-rising goalkeepers in England and Germany have opted to switch allegiance from their countries of birth to star for their father’s country, as ex-Chelsea youth team shot-stopper, Daniel Jinadu and SV Eintracht Trier netminder, Armin Olayo have both stated that they are available for invitations to the nation’s under-17 team, Golden Eaglets.
While Olayo is set to dump a bright future with Germany, for which he has already starred at youth team level, Jinadu, who now stars for West Ham United of London has pledged his international future to Nigeria, with high hopes of using the Eaglets as a stepping stone towards making his mark with the Super Eagles in years to come.
Jinadu has also represented England at U15 and U16 levels, but all those appearances came in friendlies, such that The Hammers under-18 team keeper is rated high for the future, ahead of which he is now in line for an invitation to the Eaglets for this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.
Incidentally, Jinadu had in January 2018 been on the radars of five top English clubs – Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham – as well as AC Milan of England at the height off his days with Chelsea, but he elected to remain in London, hence his move to West United instead.
The second year scholar at West Ham has five appearances in the U18 Premier League, posting two shutouts, but made the bench for Premier League 2, Premier League International Cup and EFL Trophy matches.
Interestingly too for Jinadu, who was born in Nigeria, he got the rare chance of training with West Ham’s first team in Switzerland ahead of last season and is being highly rated for a bright future at the club.
Same applies for Olayo, who has snubbed the opportunity to represent Germany further through the youth ranks and wants to cement hope for a national team future with Nigeria.
Olayo has made the pledged to Nigeria, despite having being included in Germany’s under-16 squad for a winter training camp in Spain this past February and was in the standby list for DFB trials at Duisburg in May.
He already has a Nigerian passport ahead of a possible trip to Nigeria to join the Eaglets, for which he is already flaunting ability to read games, good balling service, focused positioning, goal awareness and excellent reflexes that could come in handy for Coach Manu Garba’s squad to Brazil 2019.