not so many can flash their thoughts again to four years ago when the all conquering Nigeria underneath-17 workforce of 2013 was been assembled by tutor Manu Garba.
In 2012 one name stood head and shoulders above his peers, Ibrahim Alhassan aka Mu’azam used to be the talk of the workforce. He earned himself the nickname “New Kanu”, given to him with the aid of no other than the previous activity Minister of Nigeria Bolaji Abdullahi.
Abdullahi gave him the moniker after seeing the way in which the baby confronted assassin took groups aside in friendly games and in their qualifiers against Niger Republic, the place he scored a hattrick.
Tall, lanky and stuffed with methods, the nickname truly fits the younger man who provoked recollections of legendary Nigeria soccer megastar Kanu Nwankwo. Who also won international attention after starring for Nigeria at U-17 level in 1993.
then again what would had been the very best pedestal for the then sixteen yr outdated to launch himself to the world, was truncated when he failed the necessary age test for U-17 avid gamers.
His failed MRI take a look at opened the door for the likes of Watford giant money buy Isacc Success and Manchester metropolis teen star Kelechi Iheanacho to make the step up as leaders of the crew.
He lower back to the team two years later when they graduated to U-20 however after a little section position on the Africa early life Championship. He was dropped from the arena Cup squad.
whereas two of his former understudy are actually part of the Nigeria senior national crew. Mu’azam has simply six months of skilled soccer under his belt, no because of so many disappointments beyond his regulate and, a now healed knee damage.
Now at Nigeria finest League aspect Wikki tourist. The Kano state raised ace who overlooked out on three deals to take his alternate in a foreign country two years in the past, insist he’s still all for making the most of his occupation.
” I’m on no account bothered. Am serious about profiting from my profession. Have made errors up to now aside the disappointments of missing out on the various formative years teams of Nigeria” He told standard Kaduna journalist Mohammed Suleiman.
” The career of Iheanacho and Success evokes me so much, I see them as my function edition, by using that I mean if they are able to be playing at this type of excessive level, very quickly i’ll subscribe to them Insha Allah.
” I don’t have any be apologetic about about what came about previously. the future issues most certainly, and that’s the place I need to center of attention on”.
*Written with the aid of Mohammed Suleiman four months ago after a gathering with the ahead during his up to date travel to Bauchi.