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NFF Celebrates Ex-Eagles Star Adepoju At 50

NFF Celebrates Ex-Eagles Star Adepoju At 50

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju who turned 50 on Tuesday.

The NFF sent the birthday wishes on their verified Twitter handle on Tuesday.

“Happy birthday former @NGSuperEagles midfielder #AFCON94 winner.”

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Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Adepoju made his Super Eagles debut in 1990 scored six goals in 48 appearances before retiring from international football in 2002.

He featured at three Africa Cup of Nations (1992, 1994 and 2000) and three FIFA World Cups (1994, 1998 and 2002).

At junior level he was part of the Flying Eagles squad that finished second at the 1989 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Saudi Arabia.

He left Nigeria in 1989 to join
Real Madrid, but never made it past their reserves.

In the 1992–93 season he scored 11 Segunda División goals to help Racing de Santander return to La Liga, and he continued to feature regularly for the Cantabrians the next three years.

He left for Real Sociedad in 1996–97 but, after a solid first campaign, struggled heavily to hold down a regular place with the
Basques.

In 2001–02 he represented Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad Club (Jeddah) , but quickly returned to Spain where he featured rarely for second division club UD Salamanca.

After two more years, in Turkey and
Cyprus, Adepoju retired in 2006 in Spain’s lower leagues. He subsequently returned to his first team Shooting Stars FC , as general manager.

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