Bukayo Saka: Arsenal star says he's 'proud to be an Ijebu boy'

Bukayo Saka: Arsenal star says he's 'proud to be an Ijebu boy'

Hassan Abdulsalam 08:47 - 04.06.2023

Saka revealed that he is proud to be Ijebu boy during his meeting with Arsenal fans in Lagos.

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka met with Arsenal fans in Lagos, where he revealed his heritage in Nigeria, Pulse Sports Nigeria confirmed.

Saka, an international football player for England of Nigerian heritage, has received a rousing welcome since he landed at Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport on May 31, 2023.


The 21-year-old forward has visited Bariga and other parts of Lagos since his arrival.

Bukayo Saka and his girlfriend Tolami Benson

Pulse Sports Nigeria's correspondent gathered that he had a one-on-one chat with some Arsenal fans in Lagos on Saturday.

I am a proud Ijebu boy - Saka

The Premier League said that he is very proud of his heritage in Nigeria, adding that he hails from Ijebu Ode in Ogun state.

Along with the video was a dish out of the Yoruba dialect by the Arsenal star Bukayo Saka on his official social media account.

He also stated that he remains connected to his root by eating Nigerian foods in England.

He said, “I’m from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State and we’ll connected with my background here.

Saka during the meeting presented Governor Sanwo-Olu with his 2022/23 season jersey.

“Despite being in England, I still eat the foods from here (pounded yam ane egusi soup). It feels good to be here, I feel safe and happy to be back here.”

Earlier on Saturday, Saka met with the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at Lagos House, Marina where the Arsenal star gifted him a signed Jersey.

He told fans that Arsenal is ready for next season as they will return to the UEFA Champions League.

Bukayo Saka with governor Sanwoolu
The governor then went on to explain that the Arsenal team that finished second, which Saka was a part of is an inspiration to the youth in the state.

Arsenal ’s last appearance in the Champions League was during the 2016/17 season, in what was their 17th consecutive campaign in the tournament and seventh in a row that they had exited at the round of 16 stage.

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