The Nigeria Football Federation has sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles midfielder Sani Kaita, who turns 34 on Saturday, Completesports.com reports.
The NFF sent his wishes through his verified Twitter account.
"Happy birthday, ex-@NGSuperEagles, Sani Kaita."
Born in Kano, Nigeria, Kaita joined the Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam in the 2005-06 season of Kano Pillars FC and then moved to AS Monaco FC in September 2008.
Kaita left Monaco on January 13, 2009 and joined FC Kuban Krasnodar on loan until December 31, 2009.
On August 25, 2009, Lokomotiv Moscow hired Kaita on loan from Monaco until December.
He was a member of the Flying Eagles team that finished second in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands.
He was called up for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where the Under-23 Eagles secured silver after losing 1-0 to Argentina, inspired by Lionel Messi.
In November 2005, he debuted in the Super Eagles, losing 3-0 to Romania.
He won a bronze medal at the Egyptian Nations Cup in 2006 and in Africa in 2010 with the Super Eagles.
At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was sent off in a game against Greece in the Eagles' second game for kicking Vasilis Torosidis after Torosidis gestured as if he threw the ball at him.
This made him the first Nigerian player to be sent off in a World Cup match. Greece scored their first World Cup goals and won their first World Cup match by winning 2-1.
By James Agberebi
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