Nigerian-Born Footballer Chiedozie Ogbene Joins Luton Town in Remarkable Move, Becomes Club’s First Signing for Inaugural Premier League Campaign
Chiedozie Ogbene, the talented Nigerian footballer, has made a significant transfer to Luton Town from Rotherham United on a free transfer, marking the club’s first acquisition for their debut season in the Premier League.
During his time at Rotherham United, Ogbene impressively netted eight goals in 39 appearances, contributing to the team’s 19th place finish in the Championship.
Expressing his delight, Ogbene shared on the club’s website, ‘I am thrilled to be here as a Premier League player, considering my journey and the path I have taken over the past five and a half years. My former coach said that only one in 200,000 would make it to the top—I guess I’m that one! My journey holds special meaning to me. I had the privilege of achieving great things with fantastic people at Rotherham United. However, the opportunity to represent Luton Town and potentially feature in the Premier League was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.’
Luton Town manager Rob Edwards expressed his excitement about Ogbene’s arrival, stating, ‘Chio is an incredibly exciting addition and someone we have admired for quite some time. We closely observed him throughout last season when preparing to face him and his Rotherham team, and in my opinion, he was their most outstanding and menacing player. He is still at an age where he is eager to learn, and he is a remarkable individual. We had an excellent conversation, and I was truly captivated by his personality.’
Ogbene departs Rotherham United with an EFL Trophy triumph in the 2021-22 season as the only silverware under his belt.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Ogbene and his family relocated to Ireland in 2005, where he began his football journey with Cork City and Limerick. In 2018, he joined Brentford before enjoying a loan spell at Exeter in 2018. He later moved to Rotherham in 2019.