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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Super Eagles central defender Godfrey Oboabona joined galaxy of stars to be part of the Lets Gist Naija Football Hotseat, to answer questions.

The initiative is designed to celebrate football stars and administrators through interview session and he has appreciated the awesome initiative, couple with the efforts of journalist during this global situation, COVID19 PANDEMIC.

He shared his wonderful playing experience with journalists WhatsApp Group on Monday, how he started from the grassroots to the apex football league in Nigeria before travelling out to further his footballing career. 

The 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner is one of the players who is highly respected in the football family. He lists Al-Ahli as his former club.

Godfrey Itama Oboabona was born on September 16th, 1990 in Ondo City, Ondo State, Nigeria. He is an international footballer who plays for the Nigerian national team.

Oboabona spent his early life in Akure, Ondo State, where he began his professional career with local club Sunshine Stars.

In August 2013 the BBC claimed there was speculation linking him with a move to English side Arsenal, a claim denied by both Oboabona and Sunshine Stars chairman Mike Odoko.

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Later that month signed a four-year contract with Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor. He described the transfer as a “dream move.” He spent 4 years at the club, appearing 96 times and scored 5 goals.

He made his international debut for Nigeria in 2012, and appeared in the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which the team won. He was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was named in the provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has been capped 39 times for Nigeria and has scored a goal for the team.

After winning the African Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in 2013, he was awarded the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Oboabona, 29, is currently on the books of Georgian club FC Dinamo Batumi as a centre-back after joining them from Gorica

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