Josh Nichols: “My Mum Is Nigerian”, Arsenal's Josh Nichols Confirms Eligibility For Super Eagles

Josh Nichols: “My Mum Is Nigerian”, Arsenal's Josh Nichols Confirms Eligibility For Super Eagles

Robert Abong'o
April 19, 2024 at 8:09 PM
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  • Josh Nichols has confirmed his eligibility to represent the Suoer Eagles
  • The Arsenal youth right-back has a Nigerian mom and a Jamaican father
  • He has not been called up for international duty, leaving his options open

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Arsenal's promising right-back, Josh Nichols, has confirmed his eligibility to play for the Super Eagles and three other national teams.

Due to his family background, the 17-year-old is eligible to represent Nigeria, England, Jamaica, and Guyana.

Nichols has not been called up for any of these national teams, leaving his options open for the future.

Arsenal youth team right-back, Josh Nichols. Photo: Stuart MacFarlane.
Arsenal's promising right-back, Josh Nichols, is open to representing the Super Eagles. Photo: Stuart MacFarlane.
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He began his career as a striker before transitioning into a winger and eventually a full-back, and has been an integral part of Arsenal's youth teams this season.

His impressive performances have earned him invitations to train with the first team, showcasing the high regard the coaching staff holds for him.

In an interview with the Arsenal Matchday Programme, Nichols shared details about his background.

"My dad was big into football, too – he used to play and now coaches, so he has encouraged me a lot. My family background is that my mum is Nigerian, and my dad is Jamaican and Guyanese. I did a lot of athletics and sprinting in school, but I was good at the long jump; that was one of my specialities."

In addition to Nichols, another rising star in the Gunners' youth team is Chidozie Obi-Martin, who has garnered attention for his exceptional goal-scoring abilities.

The 16-year-old's remarkable form has seen him equal a long-standing record for the most goals scored by a schoolboy and puts him on track to match another impressive goal-scoring record set by a former Arsenal player.

He has been on a tremendous goal-scoring spree, bagging an impressive 16 goals in just five games and 27 for the season.

Born to a Danish mother and a Nigerian father in Copenhagen, Obi-Martin's upbringing in England led to his decision to represent Denmark internationally, per Daily Post.

Players linked with Arsenal next season

Sports Brief listed eight players linked with Arsenal moves next season after their Champions League elimination

The club's fantastic form over the last two seasons could end without a trophy after losing ground in the Premier League title race.

Their capitulation around the season's business end shows a lack of squad depth and poor rotation by Mikel Arteta.

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