Though the Super Eagles is not a secret cult, every new player invited to the Nigeria national team is always subjected to an ‘initiation’.
With more and more new players continually turning up to represent Nigeria having been invited by coach Gernot Rohr, initiations are getting bigger and somewhat hilarious as the rites performed are in no way fetish.
Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, Rangers midfielder Anderson Esiti, Club Brugge’s Dennis Bonaventure and Bordeaux forward Josh Maja are the latest set of players to be initiated to the Nigeria national team.
Ahead of Tuesday’s friendly game against Ukraine, Gernot Rohr handed four players their maiden invitation to the Super Eagles.
The quintet showed off their vocal skills with some silky dance moves during the party at the team’s camp in Dnipro.
Okoye, born in Germany, took the stage first and proved his knowledge of Nigerian music by singing Kizz Daniel’s hit song ‘Madu’ before Maja sang Drake’s ‘Non stop’ off his Scorpion album.
Although he is not new to the national team having made his debut in 2017, Esiti was made to go through the initiation and he gave a good account by singing 2Baba’s African queen.
Aribo took the initiation a step forward by showing off the trending zanku dance as he sang Naira Marley’s Japa.