World Football

Who is Benjamin Fredrick – Future Nigerian star defender?

Rajarshi Shukla

March 23 2023
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The 17-year-old caught the eye in the U-20 AFCON

Defender Benjamin Fredrick, a 17-year-old from Nigeria, is currently the subject of attention from clubs in Europe, including Anderlecht, RB Leipzig, and Midtjylland. Now being contracted by CAA Base, Fredrick emerged as one of the standout performers in the U20 African Cup this month.

Age-grade games, such as the U-20 Cup of Nations and World Cup, have historically provided outstanding athletes with a road to success. Benjamin Fredrick, a defender for the Nigeria Flying Eagles, is allegedly coveted by RB Leipzig, Midtjylland, and Anderlecht. At the just-finished U-20 AFCON tournament in Egypt, the 17-year-old defender led Nigeria to a bronze medal.

Leipzig, Midtjylland, and Anderlecht are interested in recruiting Benjamin, who is presently affiliated with Nigeria Premier Football League team Nassarawa United FC, according to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The 1.87-inch-tall defender will concentrate on getting ready for the FIFA U-20 World Cup as his agents, CAA Base, continue talks with prospective teams.

The teams may only commit to a pre-contract with the player until May 2023, when he reaches 18, as per transfer laws.

Benjamin, the captain of Nigeria, was a rock at the back, and he has been called up to the Super Eagles squad along with goalkeeper Aniagboso for the AFCON qualifier against Guinea-Bissau.

Style of play of Benjamin Fredrick

A number of elite teams are showing interest in the 17-year-old Nigerian defender, which is a testament to how well he performed in the U20 AFCON competition.

Fredrick is tall and can outmanoeuvre opponents in set pieces since he is skilled in the air as well. He has considerable experience as a defender and can understand his opponents’ actions effectively.

His ability to flourish under pressure and execute precise tackles with his ability to understand the game is one of his strongest qualities. Moreover, he can develop into a full-fledged centre-back in the future if he joins European clubs.

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