Chiedozie Ogbene is a talented professional football player hailing from Ireland. He currently plays as a winger for the League One club Rotherham United and represents the Republic of Ireland at the international level.
Born on May 1, 1997, in Lagos, Nigeria, Chiedozie holds both Nigerian and Irish nationalities and has African ethnicity. At 26 years old, Chiedozie Ogbene stands at a height of 1.81m (5 feet 11 inches) and weighs 78kg. He comes from a family of two brothers and two sisters.
Chiedozie began his football career in Ireland, starting with Cork City and later moving to Limerick. In January 2018, he signed with English club Brentford and made his debut for the team in April of the same year. Following a loan spell with Exeter City, he joined Rotherham United in August 2019, signing a three-year contract.
Internationally, Chiedozie Ogbene had the opportunity to represent both the Republic of Ireland and Nigeria. Eventually, he chose to play for the Republic of Ireland, having moved to his adopted country at the age of 8. He made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland on June 8, 2021, becoming the first African-born player to represent the national team.
Prior to his football career, Chiedozie also played Gaelic football for Nemo Rangers and participated in association football for various Munster Senior League clubs, including Tramore Athletic, College Corinthians, Kilreen Celtic, and Everton. In 2015, he had an impressive performance in a U21 final for Nemo Rangers, scoring 1-2 and being awarded the man of the match.
On a personal note, Chiedozie Ogbene is not married but is reportedly in a long-term relationship with Sandra Hanratty. While there is no official information on his net worth, his income comes from contracts, salaries, bonuses, and endorsements. It is worth mentioning that he does not have any children.
Chiedozie Ogbene Parents
- Emmanuel Ogbene (father)
- Christiana Ogbene (mother)
In 2005, when Chiedozie Ogbene was eight years old, his family, including his father, Emmanuel Ogbene, his mother, Christiana Ogbene, two brothers, and two sisters, relocated to Ireland.
The move was prompted by his father’s job opportunity, and they had to choose between Cork in Ireland and Florida in the United States.
Ultimately, they settled in Cork, where Chiedozie Ogbene grew up. Despite being born in Nigeria, Ogbene considers himself an Irishman. He has embraced Ireland as his home and identifies strongly with the country.