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Nigeria’s Hafiz Umar Ibrahim begins trial with Chelsea FC

Nigerian football sensation Hafiz Umar Ibrahim has embarked on a crucial journey as he starts a two-week trial with Chelsea Football Club, aiming to secure a contract with the Premier League side.

Eighteen-year-old striker Hafiz Umar Ibrahim of Ojodu FC has recently garnered attention from several European clubs due to his exceptional performances on the field.

His standout display at the 74th Viareggio Cup in Italy, where he scored an impressive 10 goals in six matches, including back-to-back hat-tricks, has earned him widespread recognition.

Following his remarkable showing at the Viareggio Cup, Hafiz Umar Ibrahim has emerged as a highly sought-after prospect, attracting interest from prestigious clubs like Inter Milan and AC Milan.

Despite initial reports hinting at a potential move to Norwegian powerhouse Bodo/Glimt, the young Nigerian’s journey has taken an unexpected turn with an opportunity to showcase his talent at Chelsea.

Hafiz Ibrahim
Hafiz Ibrahim at Chelsea

Chelsea star Raheem Sterling personally reached out to the Nigerian youngster via video call in February to endorse his talent, thus paving the way for Hafiz to embark on this trial period with the Premier League outfit.

Renowned transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano confirmed Hafiz was going to Chelsea via a tweet last week.

Hafiz Umar Ibrahim’s trial with Chelsea represents a key moment in his burgeoning career, as he seeks to impress the Blues’ coaching staff and potentially secure a contract with one of the top clubs in English football.

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