Posted by: westafricanfootball | 01/01/2013


OKEYMidfielder Azubuike Okey of Niger Tornadoes FC was one of the revelations of the Nigeria Premier League 2012.

As far as I know, the Nigeria Premier League 2012 was Okey’s first season at top level of Nigerian football. Despite eye-catching performances, Okey was unable to save Tornadoes from relegation.

The season was relatively young when Okey caught the eye of the various national teams.

In February 2012, Okey was named in the squad of the Golden Eaglets, the Nigeria U-17 national football team.

In May 2012, Okey was named in the squad of the Nigeria B national football team. Okey did well during training sessions and coach Stephen Keshi expressed satisfaction with his performances.

In September 2012, MTN Football named Okey as the “Top Rookie of the Year”. Okey was described as follows:

“This highly exciting defensive midfielder, who a few months ago was featuring for a youth club in Suleija, has already been called up by the Super Eagles, the Flying Eagles as well as the U17s. He has truly shone in the NPL after his debut in January. Already he is top of the shopping list of several clubs like Enyimba and Warri Wolves ahead of the new season. He is a pure gem with his vision and battling qualities.”

In October 2012, Okey was yet again named in the squad of the Nigeria B national football team. Earlier the same month, Okey participated in training sessions with the Flying Eagles, the Nigeria U-20 national football team.

In December 2012, several newspapers reported that Okey had joined newly promoted Bayelsa United FC. Apparently, Okey had also been on the wish-list of Enyimba FC. In interviews, Okey has expressed that he is an ambitious player that wants to play in Europe some day.

Okey has been described as a “petit midfielder” who can play both as a defensive midfielder and as an attacking midfielder. Orient Newspaper has described Okey as “an exciting defensive midfielder, who also loves to join the attack and is armed with a decent shot.” Okey has yet to score his first goal at top level of Nigerian football.

Unfortunately, there seems to be some confusion regarding the age of Okey. In May 2012, Daily Trust wrote that Okey was in his “early twenties”, making his participation with Nigeria U-17 somewhat confusing:

In October 2012, National Mirror wrote that Okey was an “18-year-old midfielder”:

It should also be mentioned that I am not able to document that Okey has played any official matches for Nigeria U-17 or Nigeria U-20 during 2012.

Based on the above, it is difficult to know what to believe about the player’s age. In any case, I am pretty sure that Okey is a young player in the early phase of his career.

The picture of Okey was found on MTN Football.


  1. Okey azubuike is a very close friend(started football together @ a very tender age) and I can assure you that he is still in his teen age.

  2. Azubuike okey is a young player nd I am 16yrs of age.I was also in de U20 squad dat went to Egypt nd Tunisia whr I was droped

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