Chidozie Awaziem

Chidozie Collins Awaziem (born 1 January 1997) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Portuguese club Boavista F.C. on loan from FC Porto.

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 24)[1]
Place of birth Enugu, Nigeria[1]
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Boavista
(on loan from Porto)
Number 5
Youth career
2011–2014 El-Kanemi Warriors
2014–2015 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2019 Porto B 62 (2)
2016– Porto 10 (0)
2017–2018Nantes (loan) 22 (1)
2019Çaykur Rizespor (loan) 16 (0)
2019–2020Leganés (loan) 26 (0)
2020–Boavista (loan) 26 (0)
National team
2017– Nigeria 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2020

Club careerEdit

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.[3] 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 in the Taça da Liga.[4][5] 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.[6][7]

Awaziem was loaned to French club FC Nantes for the 2017–18 season.[8] His first match in Ligue 1 took place on 6 August 2017, when he came on as a 74th-minute substitute in a 3–0 loss away to Lille OSC.[9]

In January 2019, Awaziem joined Çaykur Rizespor on loan until the end of the campaign.[10] On 15 August, in the same situation, he moved to CD Leganés.[11]

Still owned by Porto, Awaziem signed a temporary deal with Boavista F.C. – also in Portugal and the city of Porto – ahead of 2020–21, with the obligation of a permanent four-year contract on 30 June 2021.[12]

International careerEdit

Aged 19, Awaziem was called up by Nigeria for friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg, on 27 and 31 May 2016.[13] He made his senior debut on 1 June 2017, starting in a 3–0 win over Togo in Paris in another exhibition game.[14]

Awaziem was included in Gernot Rohr's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,[15] being an unused player as the tournament ended in group stage exit. He was also picked for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

As of match played 17 November 2020[17]
Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2017 2 0
2018 3 1
2019 12 0
2020 2 0
Total 19 1

International goalsEdit

As of 8 September 2018 (Nigeria score listed first, score column indicates score after each Awaziem goal)[17]
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

HonoursEdit

Porto

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Chidozie Awaziem". Eurosport. Retrieved 14 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Dragões são campeões nacionais de Sub-19" [Dragons are Under-19 national champions] (in Portuguese). Porto Canal. 16 May 2015. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Eight reserves called for the match against Feirense". FC Porto. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Benfica 1–2 FC Porto". ESPN FC. 12 February 2016. Archived from the original on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Nigerian Awaziem joins Nantes". ESPN. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Vadeevaloo, Teddy (6 August 2017). "Ce qu'il faut retenir" [These were the highlights]. Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Chidozie Collins Awaziem Çaykur Rizespor'da" [Chidozie Collins Awaziem to Çaykur Rizespor] (in Turkish). Çaykur Rizespor. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Boavista garante Chidozie junto do FC Porto" [Boavista confirm Chidozie at FC Porto]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Yusuf invites 26 players for Mali, Luxembourg". Nigeria Football Federation. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Okpara, Christian (2 June 2017). "Musa fires brace as Eagles hammer Togo 3–0". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Udoh, Colin (3 June 2018). "Super Eagles drop Aina, Agu from World Cup squad". ESPN. Retrieved 6 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Nigeria: Super Eagles' team list for Afcon 2019". All Africa. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ a b Chidozie Awaziem at National-Football-Teams.com
  18. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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