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Jubril Okedina

Born: 26 October 2000 (London, England)

Jubril Okedina

Defender Jubril Okedina has now stepped up to Under-23 level after an impressive second season with our Under-18s in 2018/19.

A strong and technical centre-half, he produced a number of good performances at right-back during that campaign, including in the first ever match to be played at our new stadium as our Under-18s toppled Southampton 3-1 in a Test Event in March, 2019. That was one of 16 Under-18 Premier League appearances he made - his only goal was a memorable one, a great effort in a 3-2 home win over Arsenal in November, 2018.

Jubril also made four appearances in the Under-18 Premier League Cup, two in the FA Youth Cup, a late substitute appearance against PAOK in our UEFA Youth League play-off round victory in Greece in February, 2019, and a 90-minute stint on his Under-23s debut against Brighton in the Premier League 2 that same month. He was also named on the bench as our Development Squad took on Oxford United's senior side in the EFL Trophy in December, 2018.

Jubril was born and raised in Woolwich and attended Beths Grammar School in Bexley, where he won the Kent Cup and Bexley Schools Cup twice.

A regular for our Under-16s in 2016/17, he stepped up for his Under-18s debut in a defeat to Aston Villa in February, 2017.

Sadly, injury problems caused him to miss virtually the whole of the 2017/18 season - his first at Under-18 level. He managed one start in the group stage of the Under-18 Premier League Cup - a 2-1 home defeat to Fulham in November, 2017 - with his only other competitive appearance coming as a substitute in a stunning 6-3 victory at Brighton in January, 2018.