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Brentford’s Frank Onyeka makes history AFCON final

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Frank Onyeka has etched his name in Brentford’s history by becoming the first Bees player to feature in the finals of a major tournament.
  • The 26-year-old played for the super Eagles in the Finals of the Africa cup of nations against Côte D’Ivoire
  • The team unfortunately lost by 2-1 to host Cote D’Ivoire

Nigerian international, Frank Onyeka makes history for Brentford. The 26-year old is the first Bees player to feature in the finals of a major tournament.

Onyeka was part of the super Eagles lineup against Cote D’Ivoire in the finals of the 2023 Africa cup of nations. The former FC Midtjylland player featured in all Nigeria’s seven games played in the continental tournament .

In 2021, Frank Onyeka made the leap from Danish side FC Midtjylland to Brentford.

Onyeka’s defensive qualities have been crucial for Brentford which has seen him play 57 games.

During the Champions League last season, he stood out as one of the best midfield players. His average of six combined tackles and interceptions per game showcased his tenacity and ability to disrupt opponents’ play.

Coach Thomas Frank had praised his dynamism and emphasized his role as an “eight” in Brentford’s system—covering ground from box to box.

Born in Benin City, Onyeka made his senior team debut in 2020 during a friendly match against Algeria. Since then, the midfielder has made 22 appearances for the Super Eagles.

Despite this historic achievement, Onyeka’s cup dreams remained unfulfilled. The host nation, Cote D’Ivoire, emerged victorious with a 2-1 scoreline.

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