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Arsenal Sign Nigerian-Born Youngster Akionla

Arsenal Sign Nigerian-Born Youngster Akionla

Arsenal have signed former Huddersfield Town youngster Tim Akinola after reportedly only seeing him play on video.

Akionola, 19, was released by Huddersfield last monthbut, according to The Athletic, he has put pen to paper and will join the Gunners’ under-23s despite not having a trial.

Arsenal are looking to sign more ‘development players’ aged between 18 and 21 who will be able to strengthen their academy before going on to break into the first team.

Akinola becomes the club’s latest addition, following 20-year-old winger George Lewis who the Gunners signed from third tier Norwegian side Fram Larvik.

Speaking to Goal, Jonothan Hill, who gave Lewis his first team debut, said: “It’s been in the news over here about Arsenal but no-one really gave it much attention at first.

“I’m delighted for George, but I’m also a little surprised. He’s nearly 20 and never been near the national teams and it’s not like he’s gone off the radar here during his development.

“So it has come as a surprise, but hopefully he can do well over there if it happens.”

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 8
  • Ubah 1 week ago

    Great job [email protected] naija am sure he was the one that introduced the boy to arsenal as he has been doing to coach Rohr,lol

     
  • Oakfield 1 week ago

    https://www.goal.com/en/news/ghana-coach-akonnor-wants-to-follow-nigeria-model-in-wooing/z0gclgbkgner1l6ges7v32bwn. Make una read and see how Ghana is trying to copy nigeria’s model of team management and provides a clear concise assessment of our current se team which they described as “transformed”. This is the same Ghana that one over hyped fool said some time ago were better than us.

     
    • GLORY DEDE BEEDIE 1 week ago

      Just hope Baba Odegbas dey read, for he has been advocating Nigeria follow the Ghana template.

       
      • Oakfield 1 week ago

        No mind that over hyped fool

         
        • I understand our grievance towards not arriving at the same page with chief Odegbami, but i still think we should also accord him some respect as an African if we do not share the Legendary sentiments, Agba no wa kan wa o.

           
          • Oakfield 1 week ago

            Which legendary status are u talking about?

             
  • Dr. Drey. 1 week ago

    Hehehehe….I’ve been following the expose on brilafm online since yesterday. The NFF technical committee inaugurated in 2017 consisting of the likes of Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Fanny Amun, Mutiu Adepoju, Victor Ikpeba, Ladan Bosso and about 7 others has not sat for a meeting for over 2 years….the Technical study group consisting of Taribo West, Jayjay Okocha, Godwin Enakhena, James Peters and others too have not met in 3 years. These are supposedly those who should be in charge of developing the country’s football from grassroots to international level, completely non functional. Odegbami will never write articles about that, na Rohr (Who is diligent in his own duties despite the nonsense environment) and how homebased players MUST be smuggled into the SE for sale to europe be their headache. Thousands of applications for coaching positions have been received by the NFF. These technical committees are the ones that ordinarily should sit and screen these applications….but Mr Mathematical’s concern is fronting completely UNQUALIFIED individuals for appointment as SE coach without applying, without interviews, no due process with the smokescreen of ‘developing young coaches’…LMAO. Im still looking for any football association in the whole world that singles out only an individual for “development” under the guise developing coaches…Lolz. After they and their cohorts will singlehandedly pick coaches they can dictate to for our national teams and give us Sambisa XI teams (apologies to Ikeben and Pompei for using their patent..Lolz)

    The elders who said when the mouth don chop dodo, e nor go fit talk ododo (truth) again did not say so in error. They that prefer to sink with their incompetent paymasters can go ahead and sink. We that love the progress our team is making (which the entire world is also seeing) IN SPITE of these prejudiced racists will continue to enjoy the little glimmer of light we are seeing after a long while in the doldrums.