By James Agberebi:
Spanish LaLiga celebrated former Nigeria international Christopher Ohenhen and other African players past and present who are top scorers for their countries in the league on Africa Day celebration on Friday.
Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day ) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union ) on 25 May 1963.
It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.
Ohenhen joined Compostela from Real Madrid B in 1991 and scored 48 LaLaLiga liga goals, the most by any Nigerian player in the history of the league. He left Compostela in 2001.
Other African stars celebrated by LaLiga on Friday for being top scorers for their country in the league are former Cameroon and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o (162 goals), Frederic Kanoute of Mali who played for Sevilla (89 goals), Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor who formerly played for Real Madrid (five goals), Ghana’s Thomas Partey who now plays for Atletico Madrid (10 goals) and former South Africa striker Benni McCarthy who plied his trade with Celta Vigo (10 goals).
Celebrating the Africa Day, LaLiga wrote on their verified Twitter handle: “The leading African scorers in LaLiga Santander from each country wish you a happy Africa Day!”
Ohenhen was a member of the Nigeria U-20 side, the Flying Eagles, that got to the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1989 in Saudi Arabia.
His only cap for the Super Eagles was in 1997 when he came on as a second half substitute and set up Wilson Oruma for Nigeria’s third goal in a 3-0 win against Kenya during the 1998 World Cup qualifiers.