Caleb Okoli


Memeh Caleb Okoli (born 13 July 2001) is an Italian football player of Nigerian descent. He plays for SPAL on loan from Atalanta.

Caleb Okoli
Personal information
Full name Memeh Caleb Okoli
Date of birth (2001-07-13) 13 July 2001 (age 19)
Place of birth Vicenza, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
SPAL
Number 20
Youth career
0000–2015 Vicenza
2015–2020 Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Atalanta 0 (0)
2020–SPAL (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2019– Italy U-19 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 February 2020

Club career


He joined the youth teams of Atalanta in the summer of 2015 and started playing for their Under-19 squad in the 2018–19 season.[1] He was occasionally called up to Atalanta's senior team in that season and the next, but never appeared on the field. He also represented the club in the 2019–20 UEFA Youth League.

On 25 September 2020, he joined Serie B club SPAL on loan.[2]

He made his Serie B debut for SPAL on 21 November 2020 in a game against Pescara. He started and played the full game in a 2–0 victory.[3]

International career


Born in Italy, Okoli is of Nigerian descent.[4] He was first called up to represent Italy in 2019 for Under-19 friendlies.[5]

References


  1. Caleb Okoli at TuttoCalciatori.net (in Italian)
  2. "OKOLI DALL'ATALANTA E RANIERI DALLA FIORENTINA IN PRESTITO ALLA SPAL" [Okoli from Atalanta and Ranieri from Fiorentina on loan at SPAL] (in Italian). SPAL. 25 September 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. "SPAL v Pescara game report". Soccerway. 21 November 2020.
  4. "Atalanta's Okoli Could Spark International Tug-Of-War Between Nigeria And Italy:: All Nigeria Soccer - The Complete Nigerian Football Portal". www.allnigeriasoccer.com.
  5. "Okoli Italy U19 profile" (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. Retrieved 25 November 2020.