Frank Onyeka, the talented midfielder for Brentford and the Super Eagles, recently opened up about the challenging path he took to reach his current success. In an interview with the Hindsight Podcast, the 25-year-old shared his story, from his humble beginnings to his eventual move to Europe.
Contrary to popular belief, Onyeka clarified that he was not raised in Maiduguri but in Benin City. He started his football journey at Flamingo football academy before moving on to Faith Motors Academy. Eventually, he found himself at FC Ebedei in Sagamu, Ogun-State, which provided him with the opportunity to join FC Midtjylland in Denmark.
Onyeka’s nickname, “The Tank,” speaks to his incredible energy levels on the field. Reflecting on his journey from a boy on the streets to playing in England, he admitted that it was far from easy. People often discouraged him, telling him that football would lead nowhere. However, he persisted and never gave up. He would trek long distances to attend training sessions, sometimes taking alternative routes to avoid being seen and discouraged. Despite the challenges, he remained dedicated and grateful for the outcome.
In late 2015, Onyeka and two of his friends were invited for a trial with FC Midtjylland, which eventually led to him signing with the three-time Danish League Champions. His dream of playing in the English Premier League became a reality in 2021 when Brentford showed interest in him. Overjoyed by the news, Onyeka couldn’t even bring himself to watch Brentford’s playoffs for fear of jinxing it. When they secured promotion, his agent informed him, and he was filled with happiness.
Describing his move to the Premier League as a dream come true, Onyeka praised his teammate, Ivan Toney, an English striker known for his exceptional skills and qualities. He expressed his admiration for Toney’s ability to score goals and protect the ball, acknowledging how fortunate Brentford is to have him.
Onyeka made his debut for Nigeria in October 2020, playing forty-five minutes against Algeria. Looking ahead, he aspires to become a regular starter for Brentford in the upcoming season.