Daniel Demenenge Daga (born 10 January, 2007) is a Nigerian youth international footballer who plays in midfield for Nigeria Premier Football League side Enyimba F.C. and the Nigeria national under-20 football team.[1]

Daniel Daga
Personal information
Full name Daniel Demenenge Daga
Date of birth (2007-01-10) 10 January 2007 (age 17)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Enyimba F.C.
Youth career
0000–2022 Carabana FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2022 One Rocket FC 7 (2)
2022-2023 Dakkada 17 (9)
2023- Enyimba 10 (0)
International career
2023- Nigeria U20 6 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 00:15, 07 June 2023 (UTC)

Early life edit

Daga is from Makurdi, Benue State, in central Nigeria.[2]

Career edit

Daga was in a football academy at Carabana FC. Daga’s had a breakthrough with the F.C. One Rocket first team in early 2022, competing in the Nigeria National League. That same year Daga then moved to play for Dakkada F.C. in the Nigeria Professional Football League.[3] He joined Enyimba F.C. in September 2023.

Daniel Daga made his Nigeria Premier Football League debut on the 8th of October 2023, playing 87 minutes against Gombe United. Enyimba lost the game 2-0. Daga won the first Infinix Man of the Match award from Enyimba against Kwara United on the 5th of November. He recorded 11 ball recoveries, had 1 big chance created, had 10 successful tackles, won 8 aerial duels, won 7 interceptions and had a 90% pass Accuracy. [4]

International career edit

Daga was man of the match in three of the Nigeria national under-20 football team’s qualifying matches for the 2023 U20 AFCON tournament.[5] Daga played the opening game of the AFCON U20 tournament against Senegal in February 2023.[6] However, a knee injury sustained in the match ruled him out of the tournament.[7]

In May 2023 he was the youngest player selected in the Nigeria squad for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[8] He started all Nigeria’s games until they were knocked out of the tournament at the quarter-finals to South Korea U-20.[9] He received praise for his performances at the tournament.[10] His performance in a victory of Italy U-20 at the tournament led to him being labelled a “star in the making”.[11]

Style of play edit

Daga has been described as a holding midfielder and a disruptive, defensively-minded player.[12][13][14]

Career statistics edit

As of match played 2 December 2023
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Enyimba 2023–24 Nigeria Premier Football League 10 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
  1. ^ Includes Federation Cup

References edit

  1. ^ "D. Daga". Soccerway. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  2. ^ Adeyanju, Oluwayemisi Afolabi (May 12, 2022). "Meet Nigeria's Flying Eagles' Daniel Daga; Man of the Match Vs Burkina Faso". ckdmedia.ng. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  3. ^ "Daniel Daga: The Flying Eagles phenomenon drawing interest from AC Milan and Liverpool". soccernet.ng.
  4. ^ Dairo, Fisayo (23 September 2023). "Daniel Daga joins Enyimba for AFL campaign". aclsports.com. Archived from the original on 23 September 2023. Retrieved 23 September 2023.
  5. ^ "Flying Eagles sensation Daniel Daga gets huge price tag as more clubs join chase". Scorenigeria.com. January 3, 2023. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
  6. ^ "Flying Eagles Sweat on Fitness of Daniel Daga". Scorenigeria.com. February 21, 2023. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
  7. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: African giants Al Ahly track Flying Eagles star Daniel Daga". Scorenigeria.com. March 17, 2023. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  8. ^ "FLYING EAGLES SQUAD: Victor Eletu wears jersey No 10, Daga youngest player". Scorenigeria.com. May 13, 2023. Retrieved March 17, 2023.
  9. ^ "Flying Eagles player ratings: Ogwuche classy; Daga put in his place; Fago subdued". allnigeriasoccer.net. June 4, 2023. Retrieved June 7, 2023.
  10. ^ "AC Milan makes first move toward signing midfielder Daniel Daga". Owngoalnigeria. Retrieved May 28, 2023.
  11. ^ "Flying Eagles player ratings: Daga a star in the making; Bameyi versatile; Lawal delivers; Sarki supersub". Allnigeriasoccer. May 24, 2023. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  12. ^ Bocsak, Ben (26 May 2023). "Patient Liverpool transfer strategy should target future Jürgen Klopp star after maestro display". Liverpool.com. Retrieved June 7, 2023.
  13. ^ Alaka, Jide (1 June 2023). "Argentina 0-2 Nigeria: Five reasons Ladan Bosso's Flying Eagles soared into quarterfinal". Premiumtimesng.com. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  14. ^ "Everything you need to know about 21 players picked for U20 World Cup". Scorenigeria.com. May 6, 2023. Retrieved 7 June 2023.