Chukwubuike Adamu stole the show at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday when FC Salzburg hosted Bayern Munich in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round 16 games.
FC Salzburg listed four Nigerian/Nigerian-born players for the match – Karim Adeyemi who currently represents Germany, Noah Okafor who plays for Switzerland were in the starting lineup.
While former Golden Eaglet midfielder Samson Tijani and Chukwubuike Adamu were listed on the bench. Chukwubuike Adamu was called on 12 minutes into the game to replace injured Noah Okafor.
And boom Chukwubuike Adamu scored a great goal to the delight of the home fans and the shock of many pundits.
But who exactly is Chukwubuike Adamu,? is he still eligible to play for Nigeria?
From his name, you can tell that Chukwubuike Adamu has Nigerian names, in fact, his names are from two major tribes in Nigeria.
Chukwubuike is an Igbo name while Adamu is a Hausa name.
Chukwubuike Adamu was born in 2001 in Kano State, a Northern State in Nigeria.
He has played one game for the Austria National Team and also represented the European country at the U18, U19, and U21 teams.
Despite playing for Austria in a World Cup Qualifier match against Israel in November 2021, he is still eligible to play for Nigeria.
The new FIFA rules give room for such changes, according to the new rules, players can switch allegiances if they have played no more than three competitive matches at the senior level prior to them turning 21.
Appearances in World Cup finals matches or continental finals such as the European Championships would prohibit a change of eligibility.
However, appearing in a tournament qualifier would not.
Chukwubuike Adamu is just 20 years old and has only played for Austria senior team once in a qualifier.
He is eligible to play for Nigeria based on the new rules, but will he be given an opportunity to play for Nigeria?
Will he be interested in dumping Austria for Nigeria?
Here is the goal he scored against Bayern Munich