BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA
Former Nigerian under-17 prodigy, Femi Opabunmi, looks forward to see another Nigerian under-17 emeritus, Victor Osimhen making marks in the Super Eagles.
He told Sports Village Square that Osimhen should maximize the current Super Eagles’ call up to seal his mark in the Gernot Rohr’s team.
Both Opabunmi and Osimhen made great marks in their respective global age-regulated tournaments in which they featured in 2001 and 2015 respectively, topping goal charts.
The following year of their exploits in the under 17 competitions, they got called up in the Super Eagles with Opabunmi becoming officially, the youngest Nigerian to play in the World Cup when he featured in the tie with England on June 12, 2002 in Osaka, Japan.
Even though eye ailment scuttled Opabunmi’s professional career, he is trying to propel Osimhen to greater heights, “I love to see young boys do what men do. I will be very glad if Osimhen can prove himself to Rohr.
“Although he is still young and might not be giving that opportunity to showcase his talent among the senior boys. During my days, I love proving critics wrong and I will love to see him do the same.
“Many believe that Osimhen is ‘still work in progress’ but I see him as an exposed player who is ready to make a name for himself if given a chance. All I can advice him now is he proving himself to the coach”, remarked Opabunmi.