Femi Orenuga’s FA Cup Record Resonates


As FA Cup action hogged England at the weekend, memory was agog for former Southend United midfielder, Femi Orenuga, who records show remains the youngest player of Nigerian descent to appear in the competition.

Orenuga set the existing mark at the age of 15 years, 8 months and 11 days, when he went on in the third minute of stoppage time for Southend against Luton Town on November 29, 2008.

Footballlive.ng gathered that Orenuga’s day of history came in a second round clash of the prestigious and oldest Cup competition in the world, but he has since dropped out of the spotlight.

Born in Lewisham, London on March 18, 1993, Kenny Oluwafemi Gbolahan Ademola Orenuga joined Southend United in 2006, after he impressed the club during trials, on the recommendations of an agent.

He helped Southend win the Norhalne Cup in Denmark, then became the youngest player to appear for the club as a 93rd-minute substitute in their 3–1 victory over Luton Town in the FA Cup second round on November 29, 2008.

He has also played for several other clubs, among which are Everton, Notts County, AFC United, Whitehawk, Raufoss, Gloucester City, Enfield Town, Wealdstone, Bedford Town, Corby Town and Farnborough.

Prior to the 2018-season of the Victorian State League Division 2, Orenuga joined Peninsula Strikers of Australia, for which he scored two goals in five league games before leaving the club in June 2018.


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