Who is Maduka Okoye? Fans have been asking this question ever since AFCON 2021 tournament began in Cameroon.
Nigeria faced Egypt in their first match of the competition, winning 1 – 0, Kelechi Iheanacho scored the decisive goal in the first team.
However, Maduka Okoye has taken the limelight from Iheanacho on social media with fans gushing about his physique and cute face.
So who is this young man melting the hearts of Nigerians on the pitch and off the pitch?
Who is Maduka Okoye?
Maduka Emilio Okoye is a German-born Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Watford and the Nigeria national team.
Currently, on loan at Sparta Rotterdam in Holland, Maduka Okoye has been impressive for his club and country.
Born 28 August 1999, Okoye was born in Düsseldorf to a Nigerian father and a German mother.
His love for football started at a tender age and it’s not surprising that he has been able to establish himself as a top goalkeeper.
Maduka Okoye Football Career
The Nigerian goalkeeper started his adventure in the youth team of Bayer Leverkusen in 2009.
However, in the summer of 2017, he left the German side and join the youth team of Fortuna Düsseldorf.
That same year, Maduka made his professional debut in the Regionalliga West for Fortuna Düsseldorf II in a game against Wuppertaler SV.
He finished that season with 5 appearances, conceding just 1 goal and keeping 4 clean sheets.
Maduka continue to grow in confidence and in the 2018/2019 season, he became the clubs regular goalkeeper.
In July 2020, the Nigerian goalkeeper joined Sparta Rotterdam.
His impressive form for the club saw him named Sparta’s Player of the Season during the 2020/21 season. That season, he kept 10 clean sheets in 28 league games.
Maduka Okoye made his international debut for Nigeria on 13 October 2019. His debut came in a friendly match against Brazil.
He was named as part of the team that represent Nigeria at the AFCON 2021 tournament in Cameroon and was the first choice goalkeeper.
The Nigerian international is a cool guy off the pitch. He has never been shy of sharing updates about his lifestyle on social media.
Summary: Who is Maduka Okoye?
German-born Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Watford and the Nigeria national team.