Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Mikel Ndubusi Agu is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as midfielder and the first Nigerian to play for Porto. He was born May 27, 1993 in Delta State. He began his football career with grassroots team Megapp FC in Nigeria. He took part in the 2009 Copa Coca-Cola emerging as the best player of the tournament, attracting the interest of scouts. After the tournament, Agu joined the youth academy of Porto.
Agu was first signed under the Porto-U 19 setup training with the senior team with the occasional bench appearance. His development would see him play 2 seasons for Porto B before eventually getting an opportunity to play for the first team. He made his debut against Gil Vicente in a 2-1 win coming as a substitute for Josué. Following his wonderful performance in Porto B, the then manager Paulo Fonseca promoted him to the main team.
At the start of 2015/2016 season, after making one appearance for Porto B, he went on loan to Club Brugge in the Belgian Jupiler league. He made just two league appearances as Brugge finished the season as league champions.
Agu was again loaned back to the Portuguese league for the 2016-2017 season, which served somewhat as a breakout season for him. He made 27 league appearances, starting 25 times; and 34 total appearances in all competitions for Vitória Setúbal. He played a part as they made a run to the semi-final in the Taça da Liga. His much improved game-play ensured that he was finally recognized as a top player within his own right. His performances were also noticed by his country’s national team, leading to a call-up in 2017. The decision was made that he would be recalled to the Porto first team at the end of the season.
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In August 2017 Agu joined Turkish side Bursaspor on a season-long loan deal. He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Agu made his senior debut for Nigeria in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo on 1 June 2017. In May 2018 he was named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, he did not make the final 23.