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Top Ukrainian Club Sign Six Nigerian Youngsters

Top Ukrainian Club Sign Six Nigerian Youngsters

Ukrainian Premier League side FC Rukh Lviv recently snapped up six Nigerian teenage stars from Super Stars Football Academy, Uyo.


They are Prince Chibueze(19), Ugochukwu Chikatara(20), Innocent Odoh(19), Michael Obamina(18), Chukwuemeka Nnabuihie(19), and Ekemini Effiong(18).

Ukrainian Premier League side FC Rukh Lviv

The players who put pen to paper on four years contract respectively were scouted by FC Rukh Lviv during the 2019 edition of Super Stars annual scouting tournament in Uyo but have been unable to travel since then due to Covid restrictions.


Reacting to the transfers, the President of Super Stars Football Academy, Hon Victor Apugo said he was confident the players will excel in Europe and will not find it difficult to adapt.


He said: “I’m delighted by the transfers. It has been in the works since 2019 but due to the pandemic they couldn’t travel. The fact that the club came back two years later to request for the players goes to show how talented they are and their value.

“As a club we wish them well and I’m confident they will do well. Our training regime here at Super Stars is European standard so I’m sure they will easily adapt.”

Apugo, who is part of the people behind the success of Nigerian international Samuel Chukwueze, reckoned that the transfers and several other ones are testaments to the quality of talents that abound in his club and reiterated his commitment to nurturing them to maximize their potentials.

“Since our last tournament in 2019, a lot of our players have been taken by several clubs in Europe. There is no better encouragement than that and we’ll keep doing our best to help these budding talents we have in our ranks.”

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FC Rukh Lviv have wasted no time in blooding in the young Nigerians into their squad. While some of the players have been sent to the under-19s, Michael Obamina was drafted into the senior team and has already made his debut.


Meanwhile, this year’s edition of Super Stars Annual Tournament will be held in November at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo.

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  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    Real 19 and 20 year old Nigerian born and bred kids.

    • @ drey shey you have seen the name and list of the players that move to a league even higher than Cyprus from the streets of Nigeria?…. Hope you get my point now?

      • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

        Mr Akp…..I asked you, a simple question at the time, name those players that you claimed moved from the streets of Nigeria to Cyprus league with ease and are doing well…..till today you’ve been lost for words.

        The last time I checked these are not the players you were referring to. And these one have all just been ‘signed’, they’ve not even been handed jerseys yet, talk more of “doing well”. That’s to show you these ones are just signed for the nursery. So they most likely arent playing for the 1st team anytime soon….LMAOOoo.

        Wait till the end of season when we’ve you done stock taking, then you can come back and tell me about players who moved to Cyprus league with ease from the streets of Nigeria and are doing well….LMAOOoo…Many are called, few are chosen….LMAOOoo. No be today we don dey hear of youngsters being ‘trafficked’ to Europe all in the name of signing for clubs. Its not just by talking pictures with a pen and paper.

        Pls write down the name of the club somewhere so you dont forget at the end of the season when we start taking stock….its called FC Rukh Lviv

        • @ drey you and I know that players leave Nigeria for lower leagues in Europe on a regular basis and most times they make it to the first team with relative ease because of the level of football in those leagues…..many super eagles players of today left like that as relatively unknown (street players) e.g Samuel Kalu,Onyeka, Dennis,onuachu, onyekuru,etc and they made rapid progress because of the level of the leagues they started with…..kalu-croatia….onyeka-denmerk….. Dennis-ukrain……onuachu-denmark….. onyekuru-aspire(uae)…….So there is 75percent chance that these boy will be in the first eleven of their teams sooner than you think because that is the reason they where signed at the first place(abi you think sey Dem no get academy players for their country?)…… Nothing like many are called few are chosen……There are presently alot of Unknown homegrown Nigerian players in the first eleven of teams in lower leagues in Europe go and do your research well……but you will not see a single unknown home grown Nigerian player in the top5 league in Europe…..fact

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