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Tanko Player of the Week – Nigerian Born English Striker – Eni Aluko


Eniola “Eni” Aluko is an English footballer who plays for Chelsea Ladies of the FA WSL as a forward. Born in Nigeria, she moved with her family to Birmingham in England when she was a year old. She chose to represent England at international level. (Wikipedia)
Recently, the Nigerian born player was a subject of racist abuse by the English Ladies National Team Coach. Mark Sampson, the manager of the England women’s football team, is alleged to have told Eni Aluko to make sure their Nigerian relatives did not bring Ebola to a game at Wembley, reportedly.
Aluko said that the Football Association has known about the comment – described in one letter from the Professional Footballers’ Association to the governing body as a “racist joke” – since November 2016 but chose to ignore it despite a previous allegation that Sampson had asked a mixed-raced player in another England get-together how many times she had been arrested.
The England striker has accused Sampson of “bullying and discrimination”.
Sampson has been cleared of wrongdoing by two investigations and vehemently denies her claims.
An internal investigation cleared Sampson of any wrongdoing in relation to the first alleged remark – “Haven’t you been arrested before? Four times isn’t it?” – and an independent inquiry, commissioned by the FA and overseen by the barrister Katharine Newton, later reached the same conclusion. (Guardian)
We have chosen ENI ALUKO because she was able to stand and fight for her right and that of African Nation

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