Nigeria youngster, Samuel Chukwueze, on Sunday celebrated his 20th birthday in Umuahia amidst pomp and pageantry.

The Villarreal midfielder was physically present at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Sunday when Abia Warriors dispatched Kano Pillars 3-0 in the final matchday-22 fixture of the abridged 2018/2019 NPFL season to ease their top flight relegation worries. He invited Abia Warriors players and their officials to his birthday bash.

Also part of the fun and merriment were his former academy club, Diamond Football Academy amongst other football confraternities.

Chukwueze, who is a summer transfer target of a host of European clubs including FC Barcelona, refused to speak with the press during the Abia Warriors/Kano Pillars match but quickly left the stadium at half time.

Chukwueze is amongst the Gernot Rohr’s 25-man provisional Super Eagles squad ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off in Egypt on June 21.

He was part of Emmanuel Amuneke’s U-17 Golden Eaglets squad that conquered the World at Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Chukwueze was also a member of the 2016 Flying Eagles squad that failed to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup following defeat to Sudan in the final qualifying games on away goals rule.