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3 Nigerian footballers who were born on Christmas day

3 Nigerian footballers who were born on Christmas day

December 25 of every year is celebrated across the world by Christian faithfuls who commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ on the day - also known as Christmas Day.

The annual festival is seen as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world including Nigeria.

As the birth of Jesus is being celebrated around the world, some Nigerian footballers also share same date of birth with Christ.

Here are three Nigerian footballers who were born on Christmas Day.

1. Emmanuel Amuneke:

Born on December 25, 1970, somewhere in Imo state, the ex-international till today is arguably Super Eagles best left winger ever.

3 Nigerian footballers who were born on Christmas day

Emmanuel Amuneke who is now a coach speaks during a post-match conference

He donned the national colours between 1993 and 2001 scoring 9 goals in 27 matches. He scored two great goals at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in USA – one against Bulgaria and the other against Italy in the second round.

He was voted the 1994 African footballer of the year after helping Nigeria to win the Nations Cup in Tunisia that same year.

His last minute strike against Argentina helped Nigeria claim gold in football at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

The retired player is now a coach.

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2. Ogenyi Onazi

The Trabzonspor central midfielder was born on December 25, 1992.

The started playing on the streets of Jos and in 1998 his football skills attracted local coaches around. In no time, he was offered to play with some academies in the city.

3 Nigerian footballers who were born on Christmas day

Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi

He later moved to Lagos and from there his career blossomed. He has featured for Nigeria at the U17, U20 and senior team level.

3. Chioma Ajunwa

Originally a football player who represented the Super Falcons at the 1991 Womens' World Cup, Chioma was born on December 25, 1970.

3 Nigerian footballers who were born on Christmas day

Chioma Ajunwa claimed gold at the long jump event in Atlanta

She is Nigeria’s first and still the only athlete to win an individual gold medal at an Olympic event where she claimed that of long jump at the Atlanta games.

She is a member of the Nigeria Police Force.

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