Nobody can tell for sure what will happen in the future, but with players like Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, Manchester City Kelechi Iheanacho and other upcoming starlets like Isaac Success, Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Nwakali… you can say the future is bright for Nigeria national team.
Judging from what has happened so far this season, which would you say is Nigeria’s biggest break-out star of the year. Of course, it’s going be between Iwobi and Iheanacho, the only Nigerian starlets playing at the highest level at the moment.
After waiting years for a sensational break out onto the big scene by some the promising Nigerian youngsters, two have come long at once.
Following his superb performance playing against the world’s best team Barcelona, at the UEFA Champions league quarter finals, Iwobi looks as though he has stolen the limelight from Iheanacho as Nigeria’s break out star of the season.
Iwobi was handed a surprise start against Barcelona; following Arsene Wenger’s doubts in Theo Walcotts current form – and dazzled for the best part of the game before he was substituted due to fatigue.
Again, Wenger thruster his faith on the Nigerian starlet in the game against Everton, after Arsenal was defeated by Watford at the FA cup Quarter finals.
Iwobi shone like a thousand stars amidst his superstar peers and once again the superb composure he demonstrated against Barcelona was evident as he cored in the 42nd minute of the game… so much to say about Iwobi, who had made only 19 appearances, Scored 2 goals and 6 assists for Arsenal this season.
But Iheanacho has been incredible all through the season making 31 appearances and scoring 11 goals – a hat trick against Aston Villa at the FA Cup and a brace against Stroke city in the Premiership – may have been more on the spotlight as citizens supporters showered praises this season.
It wasn't Manuel Pellegrin’s fault to have thrown him unto big games like the UCL Semi finals against Real Madrid. Iheanacho is one youngster with a Lion heart and can make the difference when you least expected him to provide the edge in keenly competitive games.
Iheanacho is a ‘special talent’ the world has started taking notice of after he was crowned MVP of the 2013 FIFA U17 world cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Iwobi and Iheancho have both debuted for the Nigeria National team; Super Eagles and expected to be in Samson Siasia’s tutored Dream Team VI, Nigeria U23 National team to the Rio Olympics. Perhaps, the stadia manua and corthian in Brazil will settle the over heated comparism once and for all.
Whatsoever your opinion may be about these two starlets, it’s all for good; they both represent the brightest future of Nigeria football today.