.EXCLUSIVE: Eagles Coach Has Former Eaglets Star In His Plan
By Tunde Oyedele, who was in Abuja
There are strong indications that Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi will invite former Golden Eaglets forward, Sani ‘Synagogue Boy’ Emmanuel, to the Nigerian camp ahead of the World Cup slated for Brazil in 2014.
Eyeonthesports.com can report authoritatively today that Emmanuel’s case is being discussed amongst the Eagles’ technical crew, which has endorsed his invitation to join the Eagles camp immediately after the second leg final qualifying match against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in Calabar on 16 November, 2013.
Our Managing Editor, who covered the recent camping exercise of the Coach Stephen Keshi-led Eagles in Abuja last week, scooped that Keshi has specifically told his crew members and the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF that Emmanuel is in his plans for the World Cup proper.
“The Big Boss, Stephen Keshi has made up his mind to include Sani Emmanuel in the list of players to be invited to camp when Nigeria begins her preparations for the World Cup.
“The coach is delaying his announcement because of the last qualifier against Ethiopia, but it’s confirmed that Emmanuel will join the Eagles camping for the World Cup”, our staff gathered at the team’s Bolton White Hotel camp in Abuja.
It would be recalled that Keshi himself assured the football loving Nigerians that he would extend invitations to all Nigerian players wherever they are across the world, hence his interest in the 20-year old prolific striker, Emmanuel.
“Emmanuel does not waste such opportunities and I believe he will work hard to make his invitation to the Eagles count. He will make the World Cup squad, but let’s wait and see how events unfold”, a close confidant of Keshi revealed to eyeonthesports.com.
When Emmanuel, who plies his trade at Lazio”s second team eventually joins the Eagles camping to Brazil 2014, the petit, but quick youngster will have another opportunity to team up with his Lazio teammate; Ogenyi Onazi, who is also a graduate of My People FC, Ikotun area of Lagos, Nigeria.
Both Emmanuel and Onazi will then replicate for the senior national team, what they did for the Eaglets when Nigeria hosted the Nigeria 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
In another development, Onazi, who is shining like million stars in the ongoing World Cup qualifying series for Nigeria, paid glowing tributes to Emmanuel while speaking about his current form, describing him as a nightmare to defenders and goalkeepers during matches.
“Emmanuel is fine and Nigerians know what he can do during matches. He will be back to top football actions very soon. He has one or two things to sort out with his transfer, but he will get a breather during the next transfer window in January”, Onazi told eyeonthesports.com in Abuja.
Emmanuel is a former striker of My People Football Club, a youth academy owned and financed by the General Overseer of the Synagogue, Church Of Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua.
He did not just score brilliant goals for the Eaglets, Emmanuel was the best youth player in the world after the Nigeria 2009 U-17.
Emmanuel did well by emerging the Highest Goals Scorer for Lazio’s youth team, but he has not been able to maintain a place in the senior side, Lazio FC that feature in the competitive Serie A.
Not too long ago, Lazio loaned him to fourth division side in the US; Salernitana and Swiss Challenge League side, FC Biel-Bienne.
However, he is in the last season of his contract at Lazio, and Emmanuel, who is not willing to join Superliga’s Partizani Tirana on the orders of Lazio chieftains in the 2013-2014 season, will have an open opportunity to negotiate a better and fulfilling deal, which will catapult his career to where it rightly belongs.