Ehizibue: Who is the towering Nigerian FC Koln right-back?

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The defender netted his first goal for the Billy Goats in their Bundesliga clash with Freiburg, but could he be a big player for the Super Eagles?

  1. His parents left Nigeria for Europe

    His parents left Nigeria for Europe

    The right-back, born on May 25 1995, never experienced life in Nigeria as his parents migrated from the West African nation before his birth.

    He was born in Germany, and spent two years there, before resettling in the Netherlands.

  2. Defender has a special affinity for Holland

    Defender has a special affinity for Holland

    Unsurprisingly, Ehizibue’s connection to the Netherlands is strong, having spent most of his formative years in the country before last year’s return to Germany with Cologne.

    However, he's still eligible for the Super Eagles, as having represented the Dutch at U-21 level, he's never made the step up to the senior side.

  3. Loves PEC Zwolle wholeheartedly

    Loves PEC Zwolle wholeheartedly

    He was brought through by the Bluefingers, so a special bond is shared with the club in east Netherlands.

    "I feel like a Zwolle boy. I have family living in Nigeria and Munich, where I was born," the defender stated in 2016, "but I only lived in Germany for two years and then we went to Zwolle."

  4. The towering right-back began his career on the flanks
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    The towering right-back began his career on the flanks

    Ehizibue is 1.89 metres tall, so usually players of his physical profile seldom feature on the wings.

    However, that was where the 24-year-old began his career before his conversion by Zwolle coach Ron Jans.

    Since switching to a defensive role, Ehizibue hasn't looked back.

  5. Converted defender loves getting stuck in

    Converted defender loves getting stuck in

    The gigantic right-back has made 2.7 tackles per game in the German top flight this term, which is one of the highest in the Bundesliga.

    In fact, of all the players who have played a considerable number of games in the division, Ehizibue is in eighth-place, the only FC Koln player to feature in the top 20.

    It's not bad for a guy who used to be a winger!