Hot Off the Press: Nigerian Soccer Star Tim Akinola Signed to Arsenal!
Get ready for some exciting news about the dynamic world of soccer! Arsenal F.C. has just signed 19-year-old Nigerian Tim Akinola. The league team snatched up the central midfielder after seeing him play on video. That’s right – not even a trial was necessary.
As for the now-Arsenal player’s profile, Akinola was born in England but also has citizenship in Nigeria. At the age of 16 he played for Mansfield Town before switching to Lincoln City for the 2018-2019 season. He competed in the English Football League Trophy and the Football Association Youth Challenge Cup against West Bromwich Albion F.C. Akinola also spent some time as a loan to Lincoln United in January 2019.
Finally, he signed with Huddersfield Town in June 2019, and a little over a year later Arsenal transfer chiefs Per Mertesacker and Lee Herron chose him for the Arsenal Youth Football Club.
Akinola is not the only youngster in Arsenal’s sights recently. Recently 20-year-old George Lewis also joined the Gunners, from the Norwegian team Fram Larvik. The young additions to the side are part of Arsenal’s plan to sign players between the ages of 18 and 21 into their Youth Academy to train them up before they graduate to the first team. The youngest ever was Jack Wilshere, who made his debut in 2008 at the age of 16.
Arsenal Welcomes the Young Pro with Open Arms
“The 19-year-old, who impressed in Huddersfield’s youth set-up, has met up with his new team-mates and is already training with our under-23s and academy players ahead of the new season,” says Arsenal in an announcement on their website. “We welcome Tim to Arsenal and look forward to supporting him with his continued development.”
Former Manager Says the Move Has “Come as A Surprise”
“It does come as a surprise,” Brighouse Manager Vill Powell told The Sun. “I’ve got to admit a move to Arsenal from Huddersfield certainly wasn’t expected from what I saw with his time with us. He joined us on loan when we had a few injuries. He was a quiet lad, but a really combative midfielder. […] Physically his frame isn’t imposing or big, but what he does do really well is he covers a lot of ground and gets the ball back quickly. I can see why a Premier League club might’ve picked Tim up, but it’s come as a surprise at our football club.”
Football is an old and much-loved sport of Nigeria. Did you know the first official recorded match was way back in 1904? It has been the country’s national sport and passion for 70 years now. The Nigerian National Football Team are three-time winners of the Africa Cup of Nations!
Football really is a favourite sport among many in Nigeria. Punters can be proud to have another star representing the country in professional leagues watched by fans around the world. Keep up to date with the latest soccer in Nigeria as well as other sports with Africa’s best bet!