Football fans in the US state of Oklahoma are today waking up with excitement in their hearts and smiles on their faces. This is because their team FC Tulsa that plays in the USL Championship, has signed not one but two players with Nigerian national team experience.
The first is Mfon Udoh (below). The 27-year-old forward brings an impressive goalscoring pedigree from the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL)
He is the only player in league history to score more than 20 goals in a season and his single-season record of 23, set in 2014, still stands. In 2019, Udoh became the only player to top the NPFL scoring charts in two different seasons when he scored 10 goals to co-lead the league.
Meanwhile, the second, Solomon Kwambe (below) has also spent his domestic career playing in the NPFL, primarily with Lobi Stars F.C.
A player always looked at as loaded with potential, Kwambe was included on Young African Player to Watch lists in 2013 that also included Liverpool FC superstar Mohammed Salah and reigning USL Championship Golden Boot winner Solomon Asante. That potential translated for Kwambe into 18 appearances for Nigeria on the international stage including caps in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
If all goes well and they get league and federation approval the duo will join Raphael Ayagwa as the only three active players in the USL Championship with Nigerian national team experience.
As we said Roughnecks fans are absolutely thrilled and full of expectations for big things to start happening for their club.
Last year they did not qualify and finished 16th in the league.