Owen Goodman: Crystal Palace Youngster on Kanu and Nigerian Choice


Owen Olamidayo Goodman is a man spoilt with choice when it comes to his international football career.

The 17-year-old Crystal Palace U-18 goalkeeper was born in Canada to a Nigerian Mother and British Father.

This means he can represent Canada, Nigeria and England for his international career.

Owen Goodman saves

A young goalkeeper with a clear head and directions opened up on how he’ll arrive at a decision.
“Whoever Calls me first, I will honour the invite”.

When pushed further on the possibility of Nigeria, Owen gave an emphatic answer.

” I will be glad to play for my country (Nigeria) if I get the opportunity I will grab it”.

A Case Of An Ex-International

There’s a catch for Owen as his connection with a Nigerian legend through a chanced meeting way back in Canada.

“My family has a good relationship with Kanu Nwankwo when he came to Canada. My mum struck up a conversation, introduced me. We talked about Nigeria and our football history. I want to be a part of this in the future”.

Goodman Crystal Palace

Meanwhile, Owen’s situation bears semblance to how Ola Aina, a Nigerian defender reached a decision for his international future.

Aina while still at Chelsea in 2017 revealed that former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi help make the decision easy.

“The one person that I would say has been an influence to me a little bit is John Obi Mikel,” Aina told Goal. “I was first talking to him three years ago about it [playing for Nigeria]. Last season, the season before and the season before that. Aina to Goal in 2017.

Owen Goodman: The Plan Ahead

Owen signed his first professional contract in July, and he’ll be hoping to get more senior games under his belt.

He is currently shuttling between the U18s and U23 of Crystal Palace and his major plan is to steady the ship this season before a major push for senior appearances next season.

Owen Goodman signs pro contract

In ten appearances, he has kept one clean sheet, conceded ten goals and a 50% win.
Furthermore, a breakdown shows four wins, one loss and three drawn games.

Also, He has made the bench on two occasions with the U23s.

In a recent chat with some select Nigerian sports media, Owen demonstrated a good knowledge of the super eagles.


Alex Iwobi and captain Ahmed Musa are his favourite players as he quickly added in form Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen to the list.

His middle name, Olamidayo from the Yoruba speaking southwest, Nigeria means my wealth brought Joy.

Owen is hoping his wealth brings Joy to his international career and that could be Nigeria.

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