Sunderland teenage sensation Josh Maja has proclaimed that he is eligible to represent the Nigerian national teams, though he was born in England.
The 18-year-old joined the Black Cats youth academy in 2015 after having stint with Fulham, Crystal Palace and Manchester City, but made his first-team debut in Sunderland’s 2-1 League Cup win over Queen’s Park Rangers in League cup in September 2016 coming on as a late minute substitute for Joel Asoro
Maja has not featured for the first team since but is highly-rated and tipped to be a star for both club and country in the future. But it remains to be seen which country that is, as the Lewisham-born forward confessed that his African roots have given him options.
“I am originally from London but my family is from Nigeria. I grew up with my three brothers and my mum and sister, ” Maja told Sunderland YouTube channel.
“My family, mainly my mum, advises me every day to work hard and be dedicated to my football.”
When asked who his favourite player is, Maja answered: “At this club my favourite is Defoe. Messi is my favourite player, the way he handles the ball and the way he controls and scores goals.