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Celestine Babayaro was born in Kaduna, Nigeria on 29 August 1978.

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Celestine Babayaro was born in Kaduna, Nigeria on 29 August 1978. In his native Hausa language (one of 300 Nigerian dialects) Babayaro means 'father of the boy'. At Chelsea he is known as Baba. Celestine comes from a large family; he has six brothers and two sisters. One elder brother is also a footballer; he is Nigeria's reserve goalkeeper and played alongside Celestine at the Nigerian First Division side Plateau Utd. When Celestine was a young boy he played street football with his friends. He says his interest in football was developed when his elder brother took him to watch him play for Kanuda Highlanders. While playing street football Celestine also leant and practised his acrobatics. ...read more.


In 1994 Baba became the youngest ever player to appear in European Club Competition for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucharest. He was only 16. In 1995 he won a Championship medal with Anderlecht and was Belgium's Young Player of the Year. That same year he made his debut for the full Nigerian International team against Uzbekistan at the Asian Games. In 1996 Celestine scored one of the most important goals of his career so far, a flying header in Nigeria's victory over Argentina in the Olympic Final. "Winning the Olympic Gold Medal is without doubt the greatest achievement of my career". That same year he won the Ebony Boot, awarded to the best African player in Belgium League. ...read more.


Babayaro kicked off the 1998/99 season with a bang at Chelsea - a goal against Newcastle and a fine performance in the Super Cup in Monaco against Real Madrid. He says, "I have got to prove to the people of England and the fans at Chelsea that the Celestine they saw last season was really a good player". Celestine Babayaro is now 20 years old. He is 5ft 9in and weighs 10st 12lbs. He is one of the fastest wingbacks in the Premier League. Quick and skillfull, he loves to push forward. He has impressed Chelsea fans with his pace, quick feet and heading ability, and especially with his acrobatic goal celebrations! He is steadily building up a relationship on the pitch with the England International Graeme Le Saux. He says, "I think if Graeme and I really work together we can be something else. ...read more.

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