Exciting City Prospect Gets International Call Up

Credit Graham Burrell

Young City forward Nathan Odokonyero has received an international call up ahead of the Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations next month.

Whilst all eyes are on the first team at present, the youth have been exciting too, reaching the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round and supplying Sam Long, Hayden Cann and Sean Roughan to the first team. Freddie Draper was on the bench recently for the EFL Trophy game against Accrington, whilst Jovon Makama and Ben Sault appeared in pre-season too. That exciting conveyor belt of talent seems to have unearthed another potential talent, this time attacking player Nathan Odokonyero.

He’s been called up to the provisional Uganda squad for the Under 20 African Cup of Nations, scheduled to take place between February 14th and March 6th in Mauritania. It is the first time the Hippos will appear in the competition, and Nathan is joined by only one other England-based player, Samuel Moses Kitaka who appears for Loughborough University.

Scoring v Rotherham – Credit Graham Burrell

Who is Nathan Odokonyero?

He began his career as a 7-year-old with Chelsea, where he appeared in matches against the likes of Manchester United, Juventus, PSG and Barcelona. At the age of 13, he moved to Brighton, where he bagged 37 goals from the wing in his final season as a youth, before coming up to appear for City Under 18s. He plays as a striker or an attacking midfielder, and he bagged against Rotherham in the earlier stages of the FA Youth Cup, as well as impressing in his other outings.

His qualifies to play for Uganda through his father, Amos, who came to the UK 23 years ago. It is reported that last season, he finished as top scorer in the academy with 14 goals, although that isn’t information I could find on We Are Imps.

Acrobatic effort v Solihull Moors – Credit Graham Burrell

Nathan turned 18 in December, and is also described on the Imps site as an ‘adept mathematician, studying an A level at Lincoln Minster School alongside his BTEC National Diploma at Riseholme College’. In a strange twist, he is sponsored by Chris Travers, who also sponsored another Imp who went on to achieve international honours, Robert Taylor.

If you want to see a bit of what the boy can do, I’ve included a YouTube video of his clips below. Hopefully, he’ll make the cut for the Uganda squad and maybe even have a breakout tournament in Mauritania next month. Good luck Nathan.