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Exclusive: European Clubs Pursue Nigeria's Rising Star Benjamin Tanimu

Nigeria's Super Eagles defender Benjamin Tanimu attracts interest from top European clubs after impressive performances in Tanzania's Ihefu Sports Club. With offers from Spain, Turkey, England, and more, Taminu discusses his next career steps and national team debut.

 Alao Oluwasey
Alao Oluwaseyi

Last Updated: 2024-07-02

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Nigeria's Super Eagles defender Benjamin Tanimu has revealed that several European clubs are vying for his services.

Taminu has made waves since transferring to Tanzanian side Ihefu Sports Club from Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin in 2023.

Offers from Around the Globe

His outstanding performances have attracted interest from clubs in Spain, Turkey, England, Germany, Serbia, Netherlands, Qatar, and Kuwait.

While Taminu confirmed he has received offers, he remained tight-lipped about specific details.

"I have a concrete offer from a European team, though I can't disclose the team's identity yet. They are good offers, and I'll leave it to those involved to work out the details. With time, everything will be made known to the public," he told SportsBoom.com.

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Addressing Trial Rumours in Spain

Reflecting on his journey, Taminu addressed rumours about a trial with Spanish club Lleida Esportiu.

"Let me make this clear. Contrary to media rumours, I didn’t go for any trials in Europe. I already made up my mind and knew my next team. I wanted a new challenge after years in the Nigerian league, but it's important to take it step by step and not rush."

Career Beginnings and Achievements

Taminu's professional journey began in 2018 when he joined Bendel Insurance, quickly becoming a key player and fan favourite.

He contributed significantly to the team's 2023 Federation Cup victory and their commendable run in the CAF Confederation Cup in the following season. After 69 appearances and two goals for Bendel Insurance, Taminu moved to Ihefu Sports Club.

Reflecting on his career, Taminu expressed gratitude for his time in the Nigerian league.

"I'm grateful for my experience with Bendel Insurance, as it has shaped me into the player I am today, but I need to keep progressing, which is why I moved to Ihefu Sports Club."

Taminu's impressive performances continue to draw attention, and his future in European football looks promising.

Debut for Nigeria’s National Team

Taminu's move to Tanzania has proven fruitful, earning him his first senior call-up to Nigeria's national team shortly after his arrival.

He made his debut in an international friendly against Mali in March 2024 and participated in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin.

"Playing for Nigeria is a significant milestone in my career and a major boost. It's every player's dream to represent their country at the highest level," Taminu said. "I've learned a lot of new things and blended with new people."

Despite Nigeria's challenging start in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, where the team has yet to secure a win after four matches, Taminu remains optimistic.

"It hasn't been an ideal start, and it's very disappointing that things haven't gone as planned, but we'll keep fighting for our country, our families, and ourselves. We want to be at the World Cup, and I'm sure we are capable of turning things around."

 Alao Oluwasey
Alao OluwaseyiSports Writer

Seyi Alao is a Nigerian sports reporter, writer, and producer, known for delivering engaging sports content in both English and Pidgin. At Brila FM, I transitioned seamlessly into the role of Content Creator, demonstrating a deep understanding of media dynamics and effectively crafting captivating and informative narratives.