Who is Benjamin Tanimu, the Tanzania-based Super Eagles invitee causing a social media stir?

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Who is Benjamin Tanimu, the Tanzania-based Super Eagles invitee causing a social media stir?

Ayoola Kelechi 18:15 - 09.03.2024

Nigeria's latest squad list for impending friendlies against Ghana and Mali has caused a social media uproar, with Taminu's introduction at the centre of controversy

Benjamin Tanimu, affectionately known as "The Wall," has recently caught the spotlight as after earning his first call up to the Nigeria Super Eagles squad ahead of friendlies against Ghana and Mali

Here's a closer look at the journey and achievements of the promising young defender, who rose through the ranks at Bendel Insurance, before moving to the Tanzanian Premier League.

Rising Through the Ranks at Bendel Insurance

Tanimu's football journey began in 2018 when he joined Bendel Insurance, a Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) side. Since then, he has proven himself as a formidable force in the team's defense, earning the respect of fans and teammates alike. With his solid performances and unwavering dedication, Tanimu quickly established himself as a key player for Bendel Insurance. 

His contributions to Bendel Insurance, including their triumph in the 2023 FA Cup, have left an indelible mark on the club and he was one of the nominees for the Benin Arsenal’s Player of the Year in 2023. 

Tanimu found himself at the center of transfer speculation linking him to Spanish fifth division outfit Lleida Esportu. However, his former club, Bendel Insurance, swiftly dispelled the rumors, affirming that no official deal had been reached, and he spent the rest of the year with the NPFL outfit.  

From Nigeria to Tanzania

Tanimu eventually got his move out of Nigeria, signing for Tanzanian club Ihefu SC, marking a significant chapter in his career. 

Despite the change in scenery, Tanimu wasted no time in making an impact, showcasing his skills in his new team's victories. His versatility, which allows him to excel both as a central defender and a right-back, adds depth to IHEFU SC's defensive lineup.

Tanimu's departure from Bendel Insurance prompted heartfelt farewells from the club and its supporters. In a touching message, he expressed gratitude for the five and a half years spent with the team, reminiscing about the cherished memories and experiences shared with his teammates.history.

Super Eagles Call-up

Tanimu's impressive form has not gone unnoticed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). He received his first call-up to the Super Eagles squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Mali and Ghana. Expressing his gratitude for the opportunity, Tanimu emphasized his commitment to serving Nigeria with all his strength, reflecting his passion for representing his country on the international stage.

The 21-year-old defender expressed his joy at receiving a maiden call up on his X account, saying, "Glad to have been invited to the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the upcoming International Friendlies against Mali & Ghana. "I'm most excited & thankful to the NFF and the coaching crew for the invitation. Clarion Call heard — To Serve Nigeria with All Strength!"

Benjamin Tanimu's journey from the Nigerian leagues to Tanzanian football showcases his determination and talent as a rising star in African football. With his recent call-up to the Super Eagles squad, Tanimu has the opportunity to further showcase his skills on the international stage. As he continues to hone his craft and pursue excellence, Tanimu remains a name to watch in the world of football.

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