Tottenham Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris Names Nigerian Defender as Best African Player He Ever Played With

Tottenham Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris Names Nigerian Defender as Best African Player He Ever Played With

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
  • Onyekachi Apam was a delight to watch, but the professional footballing career of the star was plagued by injuries
  • Hugo Lloris has picked the former Super Eagles defender as his best teammate from Africa
  • The pair played together at French Ligue 1 side Nice where the Nigerian made over a hundred caps

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hailed the former Nigerian international, Onyekachi Apam, saying the defender was his best teammate from Africa.

The pair played together at the French club Nice, where Apam made name for himself following his brilliant defensive skills.

The former Super Eagles defender was at the Ligue 1 outfit between 2006 and 2010, where he made 105 league appearances, scoring one goal.

Onyekachi Apam, Super Eagles, Nigeria, Nice, Hugo Lloris
Onyekachi Apam has been recognised as a talented player by former teammate Hugo Lloris. Photo: Olivier Andrivon
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Apam had been tipped to become one of the best defenders in the world, but a nagging injury plagued his professional career, forcing him into early retirement as he last featured for Seattle Sounders in 2014.

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But Lloris has recognised the 35-year-old, saying the Nigerian star was very talented. He said via Brila FM:

"I've played with many African players, and it's difficult to pick, but I remember the one I first played with, maybe you don't know, he's Onyekachi Apam. He's a Nigerian and I played with him at Nice.
"He was very talented, I remembered the first game he played, it was against Marseille and he played at left back. After the game people were asking who's this player? Because they couldn't beat him one on one.
"But unfortunately he had bad injuries and couldn't follow with the rhythm of the game, he was very talented."

Efe Ambrose joins Greenock Morton

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that former Nigerian international Efe Ambrose will now play in the Scottish Championship, having joined Greenock Morton.

The club announced signing the 34-year-old on their website, and he will wear the No.12 shirt for the side until the end of the season.

Ambrose, who had 51 caps for the Nigerian senior national football team and scored 4 goals between 2008 and 2016, is not new to Scottish football, having won the league with Celtics four times.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.