No place like home – Peter Utaka.

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Peter Utaka, brother of Nigerian legend John Utaka publicised reasons why he chose to play for The super eagles of Nigeria over Belgium.

Peter Utaka who scored 26 goals in 46 appearances for the giant Belgian club side told Team Nigeria UK in an open air discussion.

The former Velje Boldklub and OB foward is according to the constitution of the European country fit to be a citizen. Peter who took the decision of running a dual citizenship for professional reasons said he will never forget his ‘Homeland’.

“At that time I had to choose between Belgium and Nigeria, I have got a Belgian passport, I was raised in Belgium, I was young when I moved there, I went to school there,” Peter Utaka told Team Nigeria UK


” When we were younger, me and John, our childhood dream was to play together, it doesn’t matter if it’s in the national team or in the clubside. So when that opportunity came up, this is it”

“Maybe Belgium would have given me a longer career but I had a dream with John for us to play together, so it was an easy one for me to chose and besides Nigeria is my number one country. I can’t leave Nigeria for any country.”

29-03-2010: SAS Liga – Peter Utaka, OB Odense. © Lars Rønbøg / Frontzonesport (Photo by Lars Ronbog/FrontzoneSport via Getty Images)

“I got to play with my brother and Nwankwo Kanu, these are the people that you watch on television, I get to pass the ball to them, do some few tricks with them.

“It was an suprising encounter for me, I was fascinated with every part of it,” he said in a closing remark.


Utaka Peter, 36, is statistically the Nigerian footballer with the highest number of goals in Denmark Super league.  He scored 52 goals in 108 matches for Odense,  a club in southern Denmark.

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