Kevin Maussi Martins Among Sons of Nigerian Footballers Following Their Father’s Footsteps

Kevin Maussi Martins Among Sons of Nigerian Footballers Following Their Father’s Footsteps

  • Former Nigerian footballer Obafemi Martins’s son recently joined Serie A side Monza
  • A number of Nigerian footballers' sons have followed in the steps of their famous dads
  • Kanu Nwankwo’s son is excelling in England while Fueo Iyenemito’s son is in Belgium

Playing football is now one of the highest-paid careers across the globe, with stars coming into top clubs able to rake in millions of dollars.

Quite a number of parents have also sent their kids to football academies, with some famous Nigerian internationals seeing their children follow in their footsteps.

Here are 4 sons of Nigerian footballers who are following their father’s footsteps:

1. Kevin Maussi Martins

He is the son of former Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins. Kevin’s dad made 42 appearances for the Super Eagles and scored 19 goals. ‘Obagoal’ also featured for a number of top clubs, including Inter Milan and Newcastle United.

Obafemi Martins, Kevin Martins, Super Eagles, Footballers
Son of Obafemi Martins, Kevin Maussi Martins recently joined Italian club Monza. Photo: Sports Ration.
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He last played in 2020 and now his son Martins has laced up the family boots. Kevin recently signed his first professional contract with Serie A club, Monza. The 18-year-old striker featured for both AC Milan and Inter Milan before the transfer.

His new club tweeted:

“First professional contract for striker born in 2005 Kevin Maussi Martins, who made his debut with AC Monza in the #spring 2-0 victory over Padova.”

2. Sean Kanu

He is the son of Arsenal legend, Kanu Nwankwo. Sean’s decision to pick a footballing career has tempted football fans to compare him with his father.

Kanu Nwankwo, Sean Kanu, Sean Nwankwo, Super Eagles
Son of Kanu Nwanki, Sean Kanu Nwankwo is showing off skills in England. Photo: Boom Play.
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Sean was once a member of Watford's U-16 outfit and is beginning to live up to his father’s legacy. National Daily reports that the youngster, who will be 18 in February, has continued with his fine form.

The platform added:

“With rumours looming over a possible transfer to Monaco, popular opinions have it that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) should be working on convincing the starlet to play for Nigeria.”

3. Reuben Shakpoke

The youngster is the son of former Super Eagles defender, Jero Shakpoke. During his active days, Shakpoke made six appearances for the Nigerian national team and played for several clubs in Europe including Nice, Reggiana and Bologna.

Reuben Shakpoke, Shakpoke, Aston Villa, Super Eagles
Son of Jero Shakpoke, Reuben Shakpoke has been impressive for Aston Villa. Photo: The Guardian Nigeria.
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His son, Reuben is already making waves. He joined Aston Villa in October 2020, linking up with the Under-18 squad after completing a move from Norwich City.

In January, he was on the scoresheet as Aston Villa cruised to the Tividale, in Round Three of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

4. Kaye Iyowuna Furo

Kaye Furo is trying to follow in his dad's footsteps in Belgium. The teen plays for Club Brugge. Furo Iyenemi, the father of Kaye, played for Nigeria at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Kaye Iyowuna Furo, Furo Iyenemi, Super Eagles, Club Brugge
Son of Furo Iyenemi, Kaye Iyowuna Furo is an important part of Club Brugge's youth team. Photo: Mundo Deportivo.
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He was also in the Super Eagles team that lost the AFCON final to Cameroon in 2000. He made five appearances for the Nigerian national team in the same year.

Iyenemi was also a member of the U23 squad that year.

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The player's impressive performances in the Ligue 1 this season, including scoring 14 goals for Reims, puts him ahead of the likes of Neymar.

The United States of America are reportedly planning to make sure that Balogun plays for them on an international level.