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Meet The 19-Year-Old Sensational Playmaker Who Dumped England & France To Play For Nigeria



A few days ago, the coach of the Super Eagles dropped his 24 man list of players invited to execute Nigeria‘s two AFCON 2022 qualifiers against Benin & Lesotho.

The Super Eagles lead Group L and need just one point to qualify for the tournament that will be held in Cameroon next year.

24 players have been invited while 7 have been put on the stand-by list. One unfamiliar name on the stand by is Michael Olise, a 19-year-old who is unknown by most.


Olise was born on the 21st December 2001 in London to a Nigerian father and a French-Algerian mother.

Football Career

As a young footballer, he had academy spells with Chelsea and Manchester City before moving to Reading FC where he currently plays.

Made his professional debut in 2019 after signing a three-year deal with the EFL Championship side.

Olise’s younger brother is also a footballer and plays with the Chelsea academy.

Style of Play

Olise is a typical modern-day playmaker who can play anywhere from the middle and going forward. He is versatile and can play in central midfield, as an attacking midfielder, or via the left-wing.

As a natural left-footer, he is trickish, skillful, quick, and fast on the ball. He also dazzles his opponents while with the ball, giving decisive passes, and also has a keen eye for goals & setpieces – a complete playmaker.

Choosing Nigeria

As earlier stated, Olise was born in England while his mom is French-Algerian. This means he had the option to play for four nations – Nigeria, England, France & Algeria.

But Olise choose his fatherland over the rest.


Michael Olise is arguably the most promising attacking talent Nigeria currently has. A player who can give the likes of Alex Iwobi a run in the pack.

Hopefully, he’ll get his time with the team and show Nigerians what he is made of

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