Jordan Torunarigha (born 7 August 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for First Division A club Gent. He is the son of former footballer Ojokojo Torunarigha and the brother of current footballer Junior Torunarigha. Having represented Germany at various youth level, he switched nationality to represent the Nigeria national team.
Early life and career
Born in Chemnitz, Torunarigha joined Hertha BSC as a child in 2006 and signed his first professional contract on 19 December 2016. He played as a striker before Hertha’s U-15 coach Ante Čović had the idea to make him switch into a defender.
He made his debut for the first team on 4 February 2017, coming on as a 90th-minute substitute in a 1–0 win over FC Ingolstadt. He made his first start for the Hertha on 5 April 2017 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, starting at left back following illness to Marvin Plattenhardt and suspension for Maximilian Mittelstädt. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Darmstadt 98 on 13 May 2017, sending Hertha up to 5th in the table with one match remaining.
Loan to Gent
On 28 January 2022, Torunarigha joined Gent in the Belgian First Division A on loan.
On 19 July 2022, Torunarigha joined Gent on a permanent basis, signing a three year deal.
In an interview in 2017, he was quoted: “ I was told of the interest from Nigeria by my father but as someone who has played for Nigeria in the past, he advised me to focus on progressing through the ranks with Germany instead of considering a switch to Nigeria “, he said.
In May 2018, after representing Germany at youth international level, he turned down the opportunity to represent Nigeria.
In June 2023, he announced he has switched allegiance to represent the Nigeria national team.
In 2021, Torunarigha featured in Schwarze Adler [de], a documentary detailing the experiences of Black players in German professional football. Jordan is of Nigerian descent.
Parents and family
Jordan Torunarigha parents are Mr and Mrs Ojokojo Torunarigha. His father is from Nigeria and from Delta State.
His father is Ojokojo Torunarigha, not much is currently known about his mother as of now.
Jordan Torunarigha has a brother, Junior who is also a footballer.
Jordan Torunarigha father, Ojokojo was a former Nigerian international, who represented the country in various tournaments.
Jordan Torunarigha is currently single and not in an open relationship for now.
Is Jordan Torunarigha married?: No, Jordan Torunarigha is at the moment not yet married.
Jordan Torunarigha has an estimated net worth of around $2.5 million – $7 million.
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