Arsenal’s Omotara Junaid is making waves, attracting attention from the Nigeria Football Federation. Discover her journey from Arsenal U16s to a possible international career.
- Omotara Junaid, a promising talent from Arsenal Women U16s, is being tracked by the Nigeria Football Federation.
- Junaid, having thrived at Arsenal, has the potential to represent three nations – Nigeria, England, and the United States.
- Despite representing the Young Lionesses in non-binding matches, Junaid could opt for Nigeria if offered the opportunity.
In the world of football, there’s always a search for the next big thing. For the Nigeria Football Federation, it seems their eyes have landed on Omotara Junaid, the rising star of Arsenal‘s Women U16s.
Born in the United States to Nigerian parents, Omotara spent a part of her childhood in Nigeria before moving to England. This journey means that she’s eligible to represent three nations on the international stage: Nigeria, the United States, and England.
Although the English Football Association seems to be in pole position to claim Omotara’s services, owing to her appearances in non-binding games for the Young Lionesses, it is believed she harbours a fondness for Nigeria. If given the chance, she would likely opt for the Super Falcons according to AllNigeriaSoccer.com.
At Arsenal, Junaid has proven herself an indispensable part of the squad. As the club’s second-highest goalscorer in the FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway League, she was a significant contributor to the U16s’ Invincible season and league title victory. Having found the net nine times, Junaid’s prowess as a box-to-box midfielder is apparent.
Arsenal’s youth team coaches have tried her out as a right-back, but ultimately believe her talents are best utilised in a number 8 role. They describe Junaid as a versatile player, comfortable on the ball, unafraid to tackle, and possessing a commendable physique for her age. As a winger, she is also adept at unsettling the opposition with her dynamism and flair.
Football prowess, it seems, runs in the family. Her older brother, Tolu, was very close to being selected for the Golden Eaglets squad for the Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Algeria. Despite a series of impressive performances in friendly matches, he was unfortunately dropped from the squad.
With her impressive performance at Arsenal and the Nigeria Football Federation’s interest, Omotara Junaid seems poised for an exciting career trajectory. Only time will tell if this young talent chooses to represent the Super Falcons, making a significant leap in her blossoming football career.