Lesley Ugochukwu: Chelsea Midfielder Causes Stir With Pic Alongside Family in Owerri, Nigeria

Lesley Ugochukwu: Chelsea Midfielder Causes Stir With Pic Alongside Family in Owerri, Nigeria

Ero Samson
updated at March 17, 2024 at 5:10 AM
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  • Lesley Ugochukwu completed a transfer to Chelsea in the summer of 2023
  • The combative France under-23 midfielder has roots tracing back to Nigeria
  • The ex-Rennes star recently shared a picture of himself in the city of Owerri

Lesley Ugochukwu may not be seeing as much playing time as he hoped for at Chelsea, but off the field, he is making the most of his time.

The former Rennes star, who completed a summer transfer to the Blues, recently shared a photo on social media from his visit to Nigeria.

The 19-year-old, who has roots in the West African nation, posted a picture with his mother and siblings, captioning it 'Fam' [for family].

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Lesley Ugochukwu during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers. Image: Visionhaus.
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The France U21 midfielder, who has been nursing a hamstring injury since December 2023, is among the long list of eligible players being targeted by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

While his allegiance to the Super Eagles remains uncertain, fans have applauded his acknowledgement of his heritage, a sentiment that resonates deeply within the football community.

Fans reaction to Ugochukwu’s picture

@KeneCFC, a Chelsea fan, commented:

"Impressed to see his deep connection to Nigeria. Now I think he will choose Nigeria as his international team."

@CFCenzo12 called for the midfielder to switch national allegiance, saying:

"Switch nationality, we don't have enough midfielders."

@NjokuAn09405476, seemingly frustrated with the midfielder's frequent injuries, commented:

"Let him go and sell in Onitsha main market, I don't want to see him at my club again."

@eyeyamthatguy also urged the midfielder to switch allegiances, stating:

"He would easily become Nigeria's best midfielder if he switches nationality."

@KingDickso28297 added:

"He should just come and play for Nigeria already, please."

@CFC_kelvfhemyte also chimed in, saying:

"He better come play for Naija."

It seems that many would be keen to see Ugochukwu switching his allegiance to Nigeria and lacing up his boots for the Super Eagles in future.

Nigeria-eligible players NFF can target

Sports Brief also previously listed the Nigeria-eligible players the NFF can target following the country’s positive outing at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The impressive display by the Super Eagles at the showpiece witnessed a flurry of foreign players with Nigerian roots showing their support for the three-time winners.

Luton Town’s Elijah Adebayo, Hellas Verona's Michael Folorunsho, and Arsenal goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo, are on the list of players who could switch allegiances.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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