Nigeria is known to have players of the Nigerian descent playing for top clubs in London most especially Arsenal and Chelsea at the youth level and not everyone of them has committed to play for the nation, but recently there has been a change in that aspect as most of them now want to represent Nigeria from the youth level.
Having committed his international future to Nigeria over England, Arsenal’s Left center back Joseph Olowu is aiming to make his debut for the Super Eagles. He was born in Ibadan on the 27th of November, 1999. Olowu missed out on the opportunity to represent his father’s land at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 in Poland but watched the team’s first game against Qatar. He’s not age-eligible to represent the Flying Eagles at the 2021 FIFA U20 World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games, so his first appearance at international level has to be with the Super Eagles.
On playing for the Super Eagles, Olowu said on Instagram Live: “It is something I’ve always looked forward to so I don’t think I would be overwhelmed.
“Of course I’ll be very excited and very grateful for the opportunity but I would not let that affect how I perform. When the opportunity does come I’ll take it with both hands and just show what I know I can do and enjoy it for sure.”
He also talked about the player he will like to be like. “When I was in primary school, I used to like to play around the playground thinking I was Cristiano. Then [being CB] I looked up massively to Ramos – his style of play, the way he leads both club and country, the passion and the way he plays.”
Olowu signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in December 2017 and has been invited to train with the first team on multiple occasions and most recently when Arsenal’s injury crisis at the back was critical.