KAA Gent’s defender Jordan Torunarigha, who recently represented the Super Eagles of Nigeria, made an exhilarating debut, contributing to their thrilling 3-2 victory against the Mambas of Mozambique.
This remarkable victory not only invigorated the Nigerian squad but also marked a crucial step in their preparations for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and Africa Cup of Nations.
The 26-year-old defender, hailing from a lineage of football excellence as the son of former footballer Ojokojo Torunarigha and the brother of current footballer Junior Torunarigha, chose to embrace his Nigerian roots in 2023.
His journey to the national team has been nothing short of remarkable.
Torunarigha received his initial call-up to feature in the match against São Tomé and Príncipe.
However, he was held back from the action in Nigeria’s resounding 6-0 victory over the Central African side, a decision later explained by Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro.
The anticipation culminated when Torunarigha finally donned the Super Eagles’ jersey in a friendly against Mozambique.
He not only started the match but also displayed his tenacity for the majority of the game, making way for Calvin Bassey only in the final 15 minutes.
In an era where social media connects athletes and fans, Torunarigha took to his Instagram page to celebrate this significant milestone.
With a heartwarming post, he expressed his pride and happiness about his debut for the Super Eagles and hinted at an exciting international journey ahead.
“Really proud and happy about my debut for the Super Eagles! Just the beginning!” He noted.
It’s worth noting that Torunarigha’s transition to represent Nigeria comes after his previous representation of Germany at the youth level, marking a profound decision in his football career.
This promising start in the Super Eagles sets the stage for a dynamic future in international football for Jordan Torunarigha and the Nigerian national team.