8 Ozornwafor James Franklin


Personal Information:

  • Full Name: Ozornwafor James Franklin
  • Date of Birth: January 05, 2001
  • Place of Birth: Enugu, Nigeria
  • Nationality: Nigerian

Family Background:

  • Relation to Super Eagles Defender: Brother to Super Eagles defender and former Galatasaray player, Ozornwafor James Valentine.

Early Career:

  • Grassroots Football: Started grassroots football journey with Hollando Soccer Academy in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
  • Youth Tournaments: Participated in numerous prestigious tournaments including Youthsfun, Milo Cup, Indomie Cup, and Shell Cup.
  • Move to Garden City Panthers: Transitioned to Garden City Panthers of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where skills continued to flourish.

Breakthrough in Italy:

  • Viareggio Cup: 2017 I traveled to Italy with Garden City Panthers to compete in the Viareggio Cup, a renowned youth tournament.
  • Notable Performances: Impressed against top Italian clubs including Fiorentina, Perugia, and Sampdoria.
  • Scouted by Chievo Verona: Caught the attention of scouts from Chievo Verona during the tournament.
  • Recognition: Voted as the team player of the tournament with an impressive goal tally.

European Adventures:

  • Morocco Trails: In 2018, I attended trials with Club DHJ El Jadida in Morocco, showcasing skills on an international stage.
  • Portuguese Journey: Signed with Lusitano Football Club of Portugal in 2019, where talent continued to shine.
  • Trial with Vitoria Guimaraes: Received an invitation to trial with Vitoria Guimaraes during the same season, reflecting growing recognition.
  • German Experience: Moved to FC Rot-Weiss Koblenz in Germany for trials, although transfer discussions faced challenges.
  • Danish Stint: Transferred to Jammersbugt of Denmark, marking another chapter in the European journey.

Challenges Faced:

  • Club Bankruptcy: Despite promising beginnings with Jammersbugt, encountered adversity as the club faced bankruptcy shortly after arrival.

Playing Style:

  • Position: Attacking Midfielder
  • Strengths: Creativity, Dribbling, Shooting Ability, Passing Range, Off-the Ball Movement, Work Rate and Game Intelligence
  • Attributes: Known for Speed, Agility, Vertility and Leadership
  • Playing Philosophy: Creativity and Vision, Ball Retention and Distribution, Offensive Movement, Pressing and Defensive Contribution, Adaptability and Tactical Flexibility.

Future Aspirations:

  • Continued Development: Committed to furthering skills and development on the pitch.
  • Professional Goals: Aspires to secure a stable and successful career at the highest levels of football.
  • Representing Nigeria: Aims to follow in the footsteps of his brother by representing Nigeria at the international level
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