Paolo Gozzi Iweru has become the first player of Nigerian descent born this century to feature in the Italian Series A, Sports&study.org reports.
Born April 25, 2001, Iweru made his full debut for the Italian champions as they suffered a 2-1 loss to SPAL on Saturday, aged 17 years, 11 months and 19 days.
Iweru is the youngest footballer to play in the Italian top flight in the 2018-19 campaign, beating the previous record held by Emanuel Vignato, who was aged 18 years, 4 months and 28 days when he stepped out onto the Allianz Stadium turf in the 61st minute of Chievo Verona’s 3-0 loss to Juventus on January 21, 2019.
The absolute record for the youngest player of Nigerian descent to debut in the Series A is held by Stefano Okaka, who made his maiden appearance for Roma aged 16 years, 4 months and 9 days in December 2005.
At 16 years, 10 months and 10 days, former AC Milan striker Mohammed Aliyu Datti remains the youngest Nigerian-born player to feature in the Serie A.
A pacy and physical defender who knows how to read the game, Iweru was born in Torino and has represented Italy at U16, U17 and U19 levels.