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|Full name||Ogenyi Eddy Onazi|
|Date of birth||25 December 1992|
|Place of birth||Jos, Nigeria|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|El Kanemi Warriors|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early years in Nigeria
Onazi began playing football on in he streets of Jos at an early age in 1998. His football skills and abilities drew a lot of attention to him and afforded him the opportunity to play in some academies in the city.
Onazi joined Lazio in 2011, alongside his teammate, Sani Emmanuel. The pair trialled in Italy following their impressive performances at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, in which Nigeria reached the final on home soil, losing to Switzerland.
Onazi was first promoted to the Lazio first team during the 2011–12 season after impressing at youth level. He made his Serie A debut as a substitute in the penultimate match of the season, replacing Senad Lulić in the 90th minute. Lazio recorded a 2-0 victory over Atalanta at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia in Bergamo.
Under coach Vladimir Petković, Onazi was granted more playing time alongside Cristian Ledesma in a defensive midfielder role. Notably, Onazi started in a UEFA Europa League match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, which ended in a 0-0 draw.
On 22 September 2014, Onazi signed a two-year contract extension with Italian Serie A club Lazio until 2018. He stated "I give God the glory and special thanks to everyone involved in sorting out this new deal," the 21-year-old told BBC Sport. "It's important to know that your future at the club is sorted; I've always insisted that I love it here and I'm delighted to stay."
Onazi has stated his desire to join English Premier League club Liverpool F.C in the future saying he would not be able to turn them down if they came after him.
As a 16-year old, Onazi represented his country at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where Nigeria finished runners-up.
He was called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Onazi came on as a substitute in Nigeria's first match of the tournament against Burkina Faso, whom they would eventually face again in the final. Notably, Onazi played every minute of all Nigeria's games in the knockout phase, including the final.
Onazi was named in Nigeria's final squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and started in all four games as Nigeria finished second in their group and were eliminated by France at the Round of 16.
- Ogenyi Onazi – FIFA competition record
- http://www.football-italia.net/SerieA/match/9925 SERIE A MATCH REPORT Serie A Week 37–6 May 2012 (15.00 UK) Atalanta 0 - 2 Lazio
- Ederson e Onazi, Lazio padrona d'Europa ilmessaggero.it
- "Serie A, Inter 1–3 Lazio". F.C. Internazionale Milano. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- Eaglet Onazi soars to fly with the Super Eagles
- Oluwashina Okeleji (10 January 2013). "Nations Cup 2013: Nigeria pick six locally-based players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
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