Super Eagles’ BFFs – Okocha, Osimhen’s best friends in football

Super Eagles’ BFFs – Okocha, Osimhen’s best friends in football
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The Super Eagles are perhaps the most celebrated team in Nigeria.

The team has created legends who have also taken the world by storm. The lives of Nigerian players off the pitch have been a mystery to their fans as they hunger to know more about their idols.

It is not often that the lifestyle of the Super Eagles players makes its way to the headlines. When it does, fans are always awed by what they find out.

Many fans are keen to know who their girlfriends and wives are. Do they cheat on their spouses? What is their best meal? Who are their best friends?

We dovetail into a few Super Eagles players and who their best friends are.

Austin ‘Jay Jay' Okocha

Super Eagles legend with Jay Jay Okocha with CAF President
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Austin ‘Jay-Jay' Okocha is perhaps the most enigmatic football player ever to don the Super Eagles jersey. The mercurial number ten was as slippery on the pitch as he was off it.

Ferreting out his best friends was as arduous as stopping him from meandering through a tight defence.

Okocha, who won Olympic gold with Nigeria in 1996 and the African Cup of Nations in 1994 with the Super Eagles, named Ronaldinho one of his best buddies. They were together at Paris Saint Germain before he left for Bolton Wanderers.

He also named Daniel Amokachi and Kanu Nwankwo as two players he was close to within the Super Eagles.

Victor Osimhen

Super Eagles star striker Victor Osimhen with a teammate
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Victor Osimhen maintains a close bond with his childhood friends but also shares a good relationship with several Super Eagles players. Loyalty seems to be his motto, as his bond seems tighter with players he has known from way back.

Samuel Chukwueze is his best buddy in the Super Eagles. They are so close that he wanted the Villarreal striker to join him at Napoli, but AC Milan beat the Neapolitans to his signature.

Osimhen and Chukwueze are always seen together in the national team and on vacation.

Wilfred Ndidi

Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho plays the ball forward
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Super Eagles and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is a close friend of Kelechi Iheanacho. One would say that because Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho play for Leicester City would be the reason for being best buddies. However, the former Nath Academy product claims he and Iheanacho have known each other for a long time, as their friendship dates back to their academy days. They also both played for the Golden Eaglets.

Alex Iwobi

Super Eagles winger Alex Iwobi finds something funny
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Alex Iwobi was to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Jay-Jay Okocha, but it didn’t work out that way.

Iwobi shares a close bond with Chuba Akpom and Ola Aina. The two players are people he grew up with in London. Iwobi said that he has known Akpom since he was three. For Ola Aina, he revealed that they went to the same school and lived on the same street.

Iwobi also revealed that he is very close with Super Eagles star Kelechi Iheanacho. According to the Everton star, Iheanacho is entertaining and makes people laugh.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi in pre-season
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Taiwo Awoniyi has named Kelechi Iheanacho his best buddy in the Super Eagles. The duo have been friends since their days with the National Under-17 team, where they conquered the world in 2013.

Awoniyi revealed that they have been close since their Under-17 days.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).