The Super Eagles team that takes on El tri in an international friendly on July 4 will now have a foreign professional player join the home-based players
Tottenham’s U-23 goalkeeper Joshua Olayemi has been called up to Nigeria’s squad for the friendly clash against Mexico on July 4 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Olayemi will replace the injured team captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa in the squad. His invitation means he’s the only foreign-based player in the team as the rest of the team play their football in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The 20-year-old was born in England but to Nigerian parents, which makes him eligible for the three-time African Champions.
He came through the club’s Academy ranks, having played for the youth team and U18 side. Olayemi is currently Spurs U23 goalkeeper, although he had his first experience of senior football while on loan at National League side Maidenhead United between October 2020 and January 2021.
The youngster conceded 18 goals and kept ten clean sheets in his 21 appearances for Spurs U18 side. He also has 17 appearances in the Premier League 2, conceding 21 times and keeping three clean sheets.
Olayemi has also represented England at the U-15 and U-16 levels.