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Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has stated that Watford is increasingly becoming a Super Eagles camp.
Oghenekaro Etebo, a Super Eagles midfielder, has joined the Hornets on a season-long loan from Stoke City, according to Pinnick.
Etebo is the latest Nigerian to join Xisco Munoz’s squad ahead of the 2021-22 English Premier League season, following Emmanuel Dennis’ permanent switch from Club Brugge.
This brings the total number of Nigerians on Vicarage Road to six.
Others include Tom Dele-Bashiru, William Troost-Ekong, Success Isaac, Dennis, and Dapo Mebude, a Scottish youth international of Nigerian origin.
Pinnick discussed the trend with Watford’s technical director Cristiano Giaretta after watching Etebo’s first training session at Hertfordshire.
“Watford FC is gradually becoming a Super Eagles camp,” said Pinnick as per a statement made available to Goal by the NFF media department.
“I told Mr. Giaretta that we have six players at Watford FC now and three of them are regular Super Eagles teamers and therefore, we need to forge a stronger relationship with the club.
“Watford is returning to the Premier League in the coming season, so it is a good feeling all around.”
It will be recalled that former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo represented Watford between 2014 to 2017 before heading to Chinese Super League side, Changchun Yatai.