Photos and Videos Capture African Footballers Enjoying Local Play during Holidays

While the major European football leagues are in the off-season, several talented African footballers took the opportunity to return to their hometowns and immerse themselves in community activities. From Cameroon to Nigeria, these players engaged in local matches, visited their former schools, and even met with government officials. The joy and excitement they brought to their communities were evident in the photos and videos shared on social media. Let’s take a closer look at how some of Africa’s finest footballers spent their holidays in their localities.

André Onana and Zambo Anguissa

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Inter Milan goalkeeper André Onana and Napoli midfielder Zambo Anguissa (In white Napoli jersey).

Community Match in Cameroon Inter Milan goalkeeper André Onana and Napoli midfielder Zambo Anguissa, both from Cameroon, participated in a community match held at Biyem Assi in their home country. Their presence in the game brought immense joy to the local community, showcasing their commitment to giving back and connecting with their roots.

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André Onana also played and scored during the holiday gala called Bundesliga in Nlongkak, in Cameroon. His team, Association des Jeunes du Camp Sic Nlongkak, reportedly won 2-0 against Italia d’Elig Edzoa. He offered $832.56K to his teammates as a winning bonus

Samuel Chukwueze

Organizing the All-Stars Champions League in Nigeria After helping Nigeria secure qualification for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Super Eagles forward Samuel Chukwueze returned to his hometown.

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He organized the All-Stars Champions League, which kicked off at Ugba Primary School in Umuahia, Abia State. Chukwueze’s involvement in grassroots football demonstrates his dedication to nurturing young talents and promoting the sport in his community.

Bukayo Saka

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Meeting Lagos State Governor Arsenal superstar Bukayo Saka had the privilege of meeting the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during his holidays.

Saka expressed his delight at finally meeting the governor and shared moments from his career with him. The meeting provided an opportunity for Governor Sanwo-Olu to discuss his sports initiatives in the state, while Saka expressed his willingness to collaborate and contribute to the development of sports in Lagos.

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New Chelsea Player and former player of Villareal, Nicolas jackson with His Mother in Senegal.

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe visited his father’s village, Jebale. According to reports, he constructed schools in Cameroon. This is said to be his first trip to his country of origin, Cameroon. He said he feels proud to visit the country.

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Victor Osimhen

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Revisiting Primary School in Lagos Fresh from winning the Serie A title with Napoli, Victor Osimhen, the Nigerian striker, returned to his primary school in the Oregun area of Ikeja, Lagos. He visited his former classroom, met his old teacher, and took pictures with the current students.

Osimhen’s nostalgic visit to his school reflects his gratitude and appreciation for his upbringing and the support he received throughout his journey in football.

Paul Onuachu, Frank Onyeka, and Ralphel Onyedika

Paul Onuachu, Ralphel Onyedika, Barrister Churchill Oliseh and Frank Onyeka.

Surprise Visit to FC Ebedei Super Eagles trio Paul Onuachu, Frank Onyeka, and Ralphel Onyedika paid a surprise visit to their boyhood club, FC Ebedei in Sagamu, Ogun State. The players, who represent Premier League and European clubs, brought cheer and delight to the players of the Nigerian National League team during their training session. The visit was a heartwarming gesture that showcased the players’ humility and connection to their roots.

Taiwo Awoniyi

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PHOTOS : Super Eagles and Nottingham Forest Striker, Taiwo Awoniyi Visits Emir of Ilorin, Alh Ibrahim Zulu Gambari at his palace in Ilorin.

Meeting the Emir of Ilorin Nigerian international football player Taiwo Awoniyi had the honor of visiting the Emir of Ilorin during his holidays.

Taiwo Awoniyi during and event attended with family members in Nigeria.

This meeting symbolized the recognition and respect Awoniyi received for his achievements in the sport. It also highlighted the importance of football in fostering cultural connections and bridging communities.

Timothy Weah

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Juventus’ new boy Timothy Weah also went to Liberia to celebrate his move to the Old Ladies with his admirers and faithfuls in the West African nation.

Tim is the son of 1995 France Football Golden Ball winner now President of Liberia, George Weah.

The American striker was expected to play in a friendly match for Central Monrovia All-stars against District Seven.

Some Super Eagles Big Boys

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While on holidays, some Uninvited Super Eagles players thrilled their fans at National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.

The players had a friendly training with Box-to-Box FC in order to keep fit ahead of next season.

The professional boys are the following: Paul Onuachu (Southampton), David Okereke (Cremonese), Chigozie Awaziem (Boavista), John Ogu (Maccabi Jaffa).

Samuel Kalu (Watford), Afeez Aremu (St Pauli), Ogehenekaro Etebo (Watford/Aris Thessaloniki), Sodiq (GK), Akpudje Joshua (Jablonec FK) Henry Onyekuru (Olympiakos).


These heartwarming photos and videos capture the moments when African footballers returned to their localities during the off-season. Through community matches, visits to schools, and interactions with government officials, these players showcased their commitment to their roots and their desire to make a positive impact in their communities. Their actions serve as an inspiration to young talents and highlight the importance of giving back and staying connected to one’s origins, regardless of success on the global stage.