CHELSEA’s new teenage goalkeeping signing Prince Adegoke has indicated that he is willing to feature for the Super Eagles once he gets to the point of having to make a choice in his senior international.
Adegoke, 17, signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge this week, along with compatriot Kelechi Chibueze, resulting in both of them being elevated to Chelsea’s U18 team. Adegoke and Chibueze are competing to be Chelsea U18s first-choice goalkeeper for the 2020/21 campaign and will be observed at close quarters by manager Ed Brand when pre-season preparations begin in the coming weeks.
While Chibueze has represented England at U15 and U16 level, Adegoke, who was Chelsea’s U16s number one last season, was invited to train with the Nigeria U17 squad in 2019. However, he was unable to honour the invitation, with his father Tony, saying it was due to contractual obligations.
Prince Adegoke’s family including his father, who was a goalkeeper for Victory High School Lagos during his playing days, attended the signing ceremony earlier this week at Cobham. When his son turns 18 in November, his scholarship deal will be automatically upgraded to a professional contract.