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Meet Charles Etim the Ex-Golden Eaglets star behind FC ONE Rockets NPFL promotion push

Ex-Golden Eaglets star Charles Etim is one of the key names behind the sensational NPFL promotion push by FC ONE Rockets in the 2022/2023 NNL season.

In this report, SPORTSRATION presents the youngsters personal details, career path till date and role in the Rockets march towards top-flight football.


Charles Etim is a Youth International who has represented Nigeria at U-17 and U-20 level.

A versatile defender, Charles can play in the center as a full back and also in a defensive midfield role.

Primarily, he is a Central defender.


Coach Manu Garba named Charles Etim in his squad for the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

The youngster then learning the basics of the game with Blessed Stars Academy, Uyo joined the likes of Samson Tijani [captain], Akinwunmi Amoo, Wisdom Ubani  and others for Tanzania 2019 U-17 AFCON.

Nigeria finished in 4th place to secure a Brazil 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup spot.

Etim then edged Ogaga Oduko for a spot in Nigeria’s 21-man list for the World Cup. His versatility and ability join the attack a key factor in Coach Manu Garba’s choice.

The youngster will go on to score a great goal vs Korea in a warm-up game before the World Cup got underway in Brazil.

At the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, Etim was a mainstay in Manu Garba‘s starting XI, flourishing on the flanks in a three man defence for the Eaglets.

Etim bagged 90’ minutes in three of Nigeria’s four games at the tournament to head home following a last-16 loss to Netherlands at the Estadio Pedro Olimpico Ludovico Teixeira on November 6, 2019.


For his performances with the Golden Eaglets in 2019, Charles Etim was promoted to the Flying Eagles and was named in Coach Ladan Bosso`s squad for the WAFU U-20 Cup of Nations which took place in Porto Novo, Benin Republic, between 5th – 20th December 2020.

Etim made three appearances for the Flying Eagles.


The 2022/2023 Nigeria National League has witnessed a sensational promotion push by FC ONE Rockets who have secured a playoff spot with a group B1 game to spare.

One name who has featured significantly in this run is Charles Etim who has been the rock of the Rockets defence.

His incredible aerial ability, timely tackles and set-piece ability has shone bright to earn reviews across various platforms as one of the best defenders in Nigeria.

The former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles star has played in all 9 games for Coach Ndubisi Ndah tutored FC ONE Rockets, scoring 2-times.

His performances this season tell a story of a youngster whose time has come to fulfill the massive potential spotted with the Nigeria U-17 and 20′ teams.

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