Chidozie Awaziem

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Chidozie Awaziem
Chidozie Awaziem.jpg
Awaziem with Nigeria in 2017
Personal information
Full name Chidozie Collins Awaziem
Date of birth (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Enugu, Nigeria
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Leganés
(on loan from Porto)
Number 12
Youth career
2011–2014 El-Kanemi Warriors
2014–2015 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Porto B 62 (2)
2016– Porto 10 (0)
2017–2018Nantes (loan) 22 (1)
2019Çaykur Rizespor (loan) 16 (0)
2019–Leganés (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2017– Nigeria 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 July 2019

Chidozie Collins Awaziem (born 1 January 1997) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Spanish club CD Leganés on loan from FC Porto as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Enugu, Awaziem joined FC Porto from Portugal in 2014, where he spent his last year as a junior and won the corresponding league title.[2] His senior debut was made with the B-team, in the Segunda Liga.

On 27 January 2016, aged 19, Awaziem appeared in his first competitive game with the main squad, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 0–2 away loss against C.D. Feirense for the Taça da Liga.[3][4] His maiden appearance in the Primeira Liga took place on 12 February, as he again started in a 2–1 win at S.L. Benfica due to an injury crisis to the defensive sector.[5][6]

For the 2017–18 season, Awaziem was loaned to French club FC Nantes.[7] His first match in Ligue 1 took place on 6 August 2017, when he came on as a 74th-minute substitute in a 0–3 loss away to Lille OSC.[8]

In January 2019, Awaziem joined Çaykur Rizespor on loan until the end of the campaign.[9] On 15 August, in the same situation, he moved to CD Leganés.[10]

International career[edit]

Aged 19, Awaziem was called up by Nigeria for friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg, on 27 and 31 May 2016.[11] He made his senior debut on 1 June 2017, starting in a 3–0 win over Togo in Paris in another exhibition game.[12]

Awaziem was included in Gernot Rohr's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,[13] being an unused player as the tournament ended in group stage exit. He was also picked for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of match played 14 July 2019[15]
Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2017 2 0
2018 2 1
2019 8 0
Total 12 1

International goals[edit]

As of 8 September 2018 (Nigeria score listed first, score column indicates score after each Awaziem goal)[15]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2018 Stade Linité, Victoria, Seychelles  Seychelles 2–0 3–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Porto

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Dragões são campeões nacionais de Sub-19" [Dragons are Under-19 national champions] (in Portuguese). Porto Canal. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Eight reserves called for the match against Feirense". FC Porto. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  4. ^ Pires, Sérgio (27 January 2016). "TL: Feirense-FC Porto, 2–0 (crónica)" [LC: Feirense-FC Porto, 2–0 (match report)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Chidozie e Indi são os únicos centrais para a Luz" [Chidozie and Indi are the only stoppers for the Luz]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 11 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Benfica 1–2 FC Porto". ESPN FC. 12 February 2016. Archived from the original on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Nigerian Awaziem joins Nantes". ESPN. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ Vadeevaloo, Teddy (6 August 2017). "Ce qu'il faut retenir" [These were the highlights]. Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Chidozie Collins Awaziem Çaykur Rizespor'da" [Chidozie Collins Awaziem to Çaykur Rizespor] (in Turkish). Çaykur Rizespor. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  10. ^ Martín, Javier (15 August 2019). "El Leganés hace oficial la cesión de Awaziem para blindar su zaga" [Leganés make Awaziem loan official to shield back sector]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Yusuf invites 26 players for Mali, Luxembourg". Nigeria Football Federation. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  12. ^ Okpara, Christian (2 June 2017). "Musa fires brace as Eagles hammer Togo 3–0". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  13. ^ Udoh, Colin (3 June 2018). "Super Eagles drop Aina, Agu from World Cup squad". ESPN. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Nigeria: Super Eagles' team list for Afcon 2019". All Africa. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  15. ^ a b Chidozie Awaziem at National-Football-Teams.com
  16. ^ "FC Porto conquista Supertaça pela 21.ª vez" [FC Porto conquer Supercup for the 21st time] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

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