Tosin Adarabioyo: Chelsea Defender Sends Subtle Message to NFF As He Dons Super Eagles Coat

Tosin Adarabioyo: Chelsea Defender Sends Subtle Message to NFF As He Dons Super Eagles Coat

Ero Samson
updated at June 13, 2024 at 2:16 PM
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  • Tosin Adarabioyo recently completed a free transfer move to Chelsea following the conclusion of the 2023/24 season
  • The former Fulham defender is eligible to play for both the Super Eagles of Nigeria and England at international level
  • The Manchester City academy graduate was recently spotted in a photo on social media donning a Super Eagles coat

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Tosin Adarabioyo has garnered significant attention from Nigerian fans after a photo of him wearing a Super Eagles training coat surfaced on social media.

The 26-year-old defender, who recently brought to an end his four-year stint at Fulham with a free transfer to Chelsea, is eligible to play for both Nigeria and the England national team.

Born in London to parents of Nigerian descent, Adarabioyo has represented England at youth levels but has yet to make his senior debut for Gareth Southgate's squad.

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Chelsea's new signing, Tosin Adarabioyo, poses for a photo at Chelsea Training Ground on June 7, 2024, in Cobham, England. Image: Darren Walsh.
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According to OwnGoalNigeria, Adarabioyo previously declined the opportunity to play for Nigeria in 2020. However, the recent viral photo, shared by, suggests he may have reconsidered his decision.

In the photo, Adarabioyo is seen in a parking garage wearing the green and white coat of the Nigerian team, prompting fans to quickly share their reactions online.

Fans react to Adarabioyo’s photo

@thejoades, urging the NFF to act swiftly, stated:

“Ekong and Omeruo are both 30. We should definitely be looking at this guy.”

@i_zed29 also commented:

“He will be a great addition to the Super Eagles, no doubt. Pairing him with Bassey won’t be bad since they already have that partnership from before he joined Chelsea.”

@dejavu213, sending a message to the NFF, wrote:

“We need him here. Bassey needs a partner.”

@Dare4xploits, speculating on how the defender got the coat, suggested:

“Calvin Bassey must have given it to him.”

Adarabioyo also shared photos with the Nigerian duo, Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey, suggesting it may be a matter of time before he receives another call-up from the Nigerian team.

NFF eyes new coach for Super Eagles

In another report, Sports Brief stated that the NFF is looking to appoint a new manager for the Super Eagles.

The federation only recently appointed Finidi as a coach after a lengthy recruitment process in April.

He also served as assistant to former coach, Jose Peseiro, during his 22-month stint as Nigeria's manager.

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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).