Who is youngster Chima Okoroji who scored directly from a corner kick?

Chima Okoroji scored directly from a corner kick for Sandhausen.

All you need to know about Chima Okoroji

Chima Okoroji opened the scoring for Sandhausen in the German Bundesliga 2 by whipping the ball home directly from a corner kick.

That stunning goal was scored in the seventh minute and was the opening goal for Sandhausen in what turned out to be a comfortable 3-1 win over Hannover.

Whether or not he meant to do that is another discussion entirely, here is everything you know about Chima Okoroji.

Chima Okoroji was born on April 19 1997 in Germany to a Nigerian father and an English mother which makes him eligible to represent all three countries.

The 24-year old defender plays primarily as a left-back but can also function as a centre-back when the need arises and has also played further forward on the left-wing on a few occasions.

Okoroji came through the ranks at Bayern Munich where he was in the youth system from 2004 until he left to join Augsburg in 2015 where he played for the under 19s and the second team.

Chima Okoroji left Augsburg to join Freiburg in 2017 and after a year of playing for the second team, he got moved up to the first team where he only played two Bundesliga games.

Those remain his only top-flight appearances to date as Okoroji has spent the rest of his career playing in the German second division.

First for Jahn Regensburg where Freiburg loaned him in the 2019/20 season and then another loan spell at Paderborn last season before permanently joining Sandhausen at the start of this season on a three-year deal.

Okoroji appears to have found a home at Sandhausen where he has started 23 of the 25 league games he was available for, this audacious corner-kick is his first goal for the club.

Chima Okorji is a left fullback who likes adventurous runs forward to support his team’s attacks and although his productivity is not as good as it should ideally be, his pace and intent to get forward make him dangerous.

Okoroji’s strength lies in his ability to do a bit of everything required of a modern fullback, he’s not the quickest but he is far from slow either.

He is a decent crosser which is evident by him being on set-piece duty for his club and he’s capable defensively as well.

Okoroji’s improvement has been slow over the years but at least steady, it won't be long before he makes the jump to top-flight football in Germany or anywhere else.

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