There is more to Nigerian footballers than meets the eye as so many of them are fathers, and don’t refrain from showing their love for their boys. In this piece, we take you into the lives of these great players and their boys to show you it’s more than passes, penalties and goals. Enjoy!
1. Joseph Yobo with Sons Jaden and Joey
Joseph Yobo might be leaving a private life but he holds his family as the most important part of his life.
The retired Super Eagles player welcomed his baby Jaden on April 3, 2015.
2. Vincent Enyeama and son
Vincent Enyeama loves football but he obviously loves his son more.
The Super Eagles goal keeper is blessed with three children, two girls and a boy.
Joseph Phillip Yobo is a former Nigerian professional footballer who played as a centre back. He was the captain of the Nigerian national team until his international football retirement in June 2014, and is Nigeria’s joint record appearance holder.
3. Obafemi Martins and sons
Although Obafemi has three sons from different women here, he is still proud of his boys and takes several cute pictures with them.
Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward. He is known for his speed on the ball. After leaving Nigeria for Italy at age 16, he has since played for a number of top-division clubs around Europe.
Martins received his U.S. green card in 2015 which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes. He is married to Ghanaian-Italian Abigail Barwuah, sister of Mario Balotelli. The couple have one child named Kendrick, born in 2013.
4. Kanu Nwankwo and Sons
Retired Nigerian Football legend, Kanu Nwankwo has an adorable family of two handsome boys, Sean Kanu and a pretty daughter called Pinky. He has his boys enrolled at the Arsenal Soccer School.
Nwankwo Kanu, OON, or simply Kanu, is a Nigerian retired footballer who played as a forward. He was a member of the Nigerian national team. Kanu is a native of Abia State, southeast Nigeria, and a member of the Aro sub-group of the Igbo ethnic group. Nwankwo means “Child born on Nkwo market day” in the Igbo language.
Kanu Nwankwo got married to his wife Amarachi in 2004 when she was 18. In what is still known as one of the biggest weddings in Nigeria, the couple tied the knot in the star-studded event at Owerri in Imo state. The wedding was attended by teammates of Kanu Nwankwo and celebrities from around the country. However, the cute couple celebrated their 14th year anniversary in 2018.
5. Osaze Odemwingie and Sons
Football dad, Osaze Peter Odemwingie is obviously very proud of his job and also his little boys whom he welcomed with his wife Sarah Fallon.
The proud dad has three children with his wife and they live happily together.
Peter Osaze Odemwingie is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a forward and winger. Odemwingie grew up in Uzbekistan and Russia and began his career with Bendel Insurance in the Nigeria Premier League.
Odemwingie was born to a Nigerian father and a Russian Tatar mother. His middle name, Osaze, means “God chooses (for you)”. Odemwingie married his fiancée, Sarah Fallon, on 26 May 2012 at a church in Northampton after two years of dating.
6. Brown Ideye and sons
Nigerian international footballer, Aide Brown Ideye is another adorable footballer dad. Blessed with two sons, Brown Ideye Jr, Andriy Ideye, he takes time out to show them off every now and then.
Aide Brown Ideye is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese club Tianjin Teda, and the Nigeria national team.