Nige­ria fifth big­gest ex­porter of foot­ballers in the world

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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 AfricanFoot­

“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

Chi­diebere Nwakali

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