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Wonder Kid Nwegbo Snubs USA For Golden Eaglets Chance

Wonder Kid Nwegbo Snubs USA For Golden Eaglets Chance

Nigerian-born Patrick Nwegbo has turned down the chance to play for the United States of America, with the 16-year old restating his determination to wait for a call-up to the Golden Eaglets who are preparing to take part in the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania in 2019, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The striking sensation who is popularly referred to as ‘Diba’ currently has 15 goals to his credit this season playing in the Elite Club Soccer League (ECNL) for Alabama FC and is making waves as one of the most promising talents in America with pundits already touting him as a potential star with a great future.


He also bagged a brace for the ECNL National Select Team against Bahamas in a friendly match recently.

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Born in Georgia to Nigerian parents, Nwegbo has dual citizenship and is currently being lured to feature for the USA U-17 team but the youngster is more disposed to playing for multiple FIFA U-17 World Cup champions Nigeria.

The teenager emerged top scorer in the 2017 U-16 SPRL Summer League and was also the top scorer in the Tri-State Area of Georgia/North Carolina/South Carolina in 2016. He also had playing stints with VGC FC and BRF Academy while in Nigeria.


In a chat with Complete Sports, Nwegbo’s Spain-based manager/agent Kingsley Ndibe reveals the lad’s development is currently being monitored by several European clubs who are only waiting for him to finish his high school next year.

“Nwegbo is a young promising footballer and the only thing holding him is high school. Once he finishes, he will be leaving the USA to Europe. And he prefers to play for Nigeria’s U-17 team than to be capped by the US,” Nwegbo said.

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“He is good enough and will be an important addition to make the Golden Eaglets team ahead of the 2019 U-17 AFCON billed for Tanzania.”

Nwegbo, who can also play as central attacking midfielder, is currently a student at the North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia and has won several awards in U-16 and U-18 football competitions.

Clips of Nwegbo’s football exploits can be viewed on this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=tgo0J2piCzs&t=5s

By Babatunde Alao

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  • This is the quintessential patriotism that we crave from Nigerian players of dual nationality. He is really young and from what has been espoused of him, he is a bundle of talent waiting to explode.
    Atleast, we wouldn’t get to be entangled in a tug of war with other countries on this one, provided the needful is done on time.
    I wish him the best of luck.

  • Yes, his patriotism is exemplary. He will play for Nigeria, but not if Nigerian football officials fail to show the kind of discipline he’s accustomed to. He’s a very conscientious young man and may not take well to some of the man-made ills that often befall our team management. 

    Diba is a rising star! I wish him the best of success and progress in his endeavors, including his graduation from H. S. which I’m looking forward to. 

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    If this report about his interest to play for Nigeria is true then we can count ourselves blessed to have him. He has football sense and can finish well!

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

    I have heard about him and l went to look at him when he was a little kid at five or six old then. Please, NFF do not disappoint him and Nigerians as you guys bring him to the fold. His wonderful parents are raising him to be a prepare Nigerian by all standard.

  • Ifeanyi 3 years ago

    He’s a true Nigerian. From what is said about him I suggest that the u 17 coach should invite him.

  • He should be invited to our u17 and also Dillon hoogewerf,Armstrong okoflex,madueke nonso,George bello,Gavin bazunu,Noah atubolu,tedan mengi,josh okocha,Roland idowu and osazee aghatise should be given an invitation too

  • Ujumpo 3 years ago

    That is our diba. A very talented young man. Nigerians… watch out for this one

  • At the very least he should be called to camp and if better than who we already have and fits into the coaches’ plans, tactics and playing ethos, selected.

    He should not be given a place on the team just because he is patriotic, but because there is nobody better than him for the squad.

    This our non existent league is really problematic for our age grade teams. We are now exporting players who have no league experience and will have to take far longer to adjust to the routine of regular football and because of this they are struggling in lower divisions for more than a season..

    Our under 20 team is currently prosecuting the WAFU tournament with academy players called up because all three goalkeepers have left to go abroad to go for trials and to sign contracts. If they were tied to a Nigerian club and the clubs had commitments, then they would by now have had at least 5 months experience playing regularly.

    Just sitting idle with the occasional AITEO game since May (8 months)will come back to haunt us in the near future.

    Ignoring our players locally and just going for ready made players does damage to our National football development and also reduces employment and stifles the flow of money coming into Nigerian football