Arsenal Star Saka Reveals Meaning Of His Yoruba Name “Bukayo” And Who Gave Him That Name

Arsenal sensational, Saka, has explained that it was his grandma who named him Bukayo which is a Nigerian name claiming that the woman was happy when he was born.

Bukayo Saka was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents, and the Nigerian Football Federation attempted to get the Arsenal star to play for the Super Eagles.

Amaju Pinnick, the head of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), traveled to the United Kingdom to meet with Bukayo Saka’s parents in an attempt to persuade their son to join the three-time African champions.

Despite all efforts, Bukayo Saka declined to play for Nigeria and instead chose to represent his birth country, England, in the EURO 2020 final, which he lost on penalties.

According to the report on GOAL, the England international explained that his grandmother named him Bukayo because she wanted him to bring joy to the family.

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“My grandma gave it to me because of its meaning.
“It means ‘God has added joy to my life.’ She wanted me to add joy to the family, so she named me that and every time she called me, that’s probably what I meant to her.”

Bukayo Saka has been playing for Arsenal’s first team since 2018 and the 20-year-old has so far played 89 games for the Gunners netting 15 goals.

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