Nigeria’s Under-17 coach cautions World Cup star players on contract offers from European clubs
Kelechi Nwakali and Victor Osimhen, Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot winner respectively at the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, have been warned to be careful about the kind of choice they make in their quest for professional football career in Europe.
Both starlets were key figures as the Golden Eaglets won the cadet World Cup in Chile earlier this month, with Osimhen announcing himself as the competition’s top scorer—breaking the all-time record for goals in the competition—and Nwakali winning the player of the tournament award.
Both shone as Nigeria dispatched Mali in the final, and look destined for great things.
Head coach of the Golden Eaglets, Emmanuel Amuneke, has however urged the duo to weigh the pros and cons before entering into contract with any major European side.
“I’m not against them joining big teams but they must know the objectives these teams have for them,” said the former Nigeria and Barcelona winger.
“They can cope with any rigours faced in Europe but that is if they join a team that will be patient with them all through because it will help their career blossom well.”
Nwakali has been linked with a move to Manchester City, where his brother Chidiebere currently plays [according to Manchester Evening News].
However, as reported by MTN Football, the wonderkid has his heart set on Arsenal, above and beyond the other clubs—names such as Liverpool and Chelsea—who are also keen on his signature.
“I [would love] to play for Arsenal,” the youngster said. “They are [the Premier League club I would like to play for], because they play the best football in the world.”
Osimhen has also been tipped with a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur reportedly monitoring the youngster’s progress.
– Oladipo Okubanjo