Manchester City U-21 Player, Sodje Dreams of Playing for Nigeria

By Danusa Choli

He is a scion of one of Nigeria’s notable football – playing families, the famous Sodje family from Delta State in the South-South region of the country. Tate Sodje who plies his trade with Manchester City under-21 side in England has a bigger dream: to tread the path of his uncles like Efe and Sam Sodje who had variously played for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Efe in particular was a member of Nigeria’s team to the 2002 World Cup finals in Korea/Japan. Football flows in the vein of the younger Sodje as well and he is ready to unleash his talent for the service of his fatherland.

In an exclusive interview with our reporter, Taye who is the first son of Bright Sodje, the eldest member of the sporting family, who had played rugby in England, disclosed: “I started playing Sheffield United Academy here in England at the age of six. It was from there that I was noticed by Manchester City scout at the age of eleven.

Taye a unity player added: “I am currently playing for Manchester City under-21 and I have trained with the senior Manchester City a couple of times.”

On his dream and desire to play for Nigeria, the Manchester City player said this remains his goal although he was born in England and eligible to play for the country.

According to Taye: “For me, I am open to play for Nigeria and England. As you know I have big connection with Nigeria with two of my uncles (Efe and Sam Sodje) playing earlier for Nigeria. Efe in particular had played in the FIFA World Cup, in Korea/Japan 2002.



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