Nigeria’s distinguished success at the FIFA U17 World Cup has - for most individuals - never led to senior football progression.
As most Nigerians will proudly know, the country is the most dominant nation in the FIFA U17 World Cup with five championships.
But the ongoing plague has been the individual young stars inspiring the nation before sooner or later disappearing into oblivion without any senior football impact.
“I think one of the reasons is bad decisions, as a young player you have to be ready and know that if you are not playing then the values go down,” says Leganes defender Kenneth Omeruo via Brila.
The Kaduna-born Omeruo helped the Nigeria U17 team to a runners-up place during 2009 - before later moving to minor teams in Belgium and the Netherlands.
“One thing I have always done is play, I always wanted to play. It does not matter where, either at the club or going on loan, because if you are not playing then it’s difficult for the national team to invite you based on fitness level,” concluded the 26-year-old.