Nigeria fifth biggest exporter of footballers in the world
Areport has ranked Nigeria as the fifth biggest exporter of footballers in the world, just behind Brazil, Argentina, France and Serbia.
According to the CIES Football Observatory monthly report, Nigeria are also the biggest supplier of football talent in Africa as they have 596 players scattered across the world.
Other African countries mentioned in this report are Senegal (10th in the world, 377), Cote d’Ivoire (11th, 370), Cameroon (12th, 366) and Ghana (13th, 365).
In total, 18,660 foreign players of 194 origins were recorded in the leagues taken into account in the analysis.
Footballers playing outside of their country of origin make up about 13% of squads.
Five-time world champions Brazil remain the biggest exporters of footballers in the world as the report say they have 1,784 players plying their trade outside their country.
Brazilians are clearly ahead of Argentineans (929 players) and the French (758). These three nationalities alone account for almost 20% of foreigners present on a global level.
Among the 15 countries exporting the most players are six European, five African and four South American nations.
This is despite the recent below-par performances of their national team, Brazil remain an exporter country of footballers par excellence.
Brazilians are present in almost all of the countries studied, making them the only truly global workforce.
However, no South American country is among the top five destinations of Brazilians. However, three of the five main destinations of Argentineans are to be found in South America.
Similarly, the main countries to which French players migrate are geographically close to the home country. Nigeria U-20 star Chidiebere Nwakali could make his debut on Saturday for Girona after training with the Spanish Secunda Liga side for a week.
“I could probably play my first match for Girona this weekend. I have trained with the team for a week now and the training has been going great,” Nwakali told AfricanFootball.com
“I was not really excited when I first heard I would be dropping down to the second division and not playing for Malaga, where I was last season.
“But after my short time here, I am very delighted to have joined this club. I hope I can play first-team football regularly here.”
Girona are away Leganes on Saturday.
They are 17th on the 22team Spanish lower league with nine points from eight matches.
Nwakali,18, is on seasonlong loan from EPL side Manchester City to Girona.
He has been handed jersey number 12.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain hits a return during his men’s singles second round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 13, 2015. PHOTO AFP