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Former Nigeria U17 Captain Samson Tijani completes transfer to RB Salzburg

Samson Tijani RB Salzburg
photo credit: RB Salzburg

Former Golden Eaglets captain Samson Tijani has joined 14 times Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg from Nigerian side SC Collins Edwin.

The 18-year-old signed a five-year deal that will run till May 2025.

Salzburg confirmed the capture of Tijani via a statement on the club’s website and social media handles.

“Samson Okikiola Tijani is a promising midfield talent from Nigeria.

“The 18-year-old feels most comfortable in a hold midfield position and standout, above all, for his dynamic and uncompromising playing style.

“He has proved his quality in ten performances for his home country’s U-17 team, who he captained to a place in the semi-finals of the African cup of Nations and last 16 of the world cup.

“Tijani has joined from Collins Edwin SC and signed a contract in Salzburg running until 31 May, 2025,” the statement reads.

Tijani was a member of coach Manu Garba led team that finished fourth at the 2019 African U-17 Championship in Tanzania.

He captained the team at the 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazil, scoring twice in the opening game but could not lead the team past the second round, losing 3-1 to the Netherlands.

He ended the U17 World Cup with 2 goals in 4 games.

The youngster’s leadership qualities, passing abilities, and high work rate shone brightly as the Golden Eaglets flattered to deceive during the World Cup, a tournament the team have won a record 4 times.

He reckons former Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel is role model.

RB Salzburg who have qualified for the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League, beat Belgian side Club Brugge and Danish club Aarhus to land the services of the talented Nigerian midfielder.

RB Salzburg already have Africans on their payroll, Noah Okafor (Nigeria), Enock Mwepu and Patson Daka (Zambia), Gideon Mensah and Majeed Ashimeru (Ghana) and Jerome Onguene (Cameroon)

Samson Tijani becomes the second member of the Golden Eaglets class of 2019 to secure a move to Europe this summer following Akinkunmi Amoo’s transfer to Swedish side Hammarby last month.

Credit: Mmenyeneabasi Akpan & Emmanuel Chinedu

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