Why Ibrahim could be Nigeria’s new discovery

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Feb 7th, 2014
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Nigerian international, Abubakar Aliyu Ibrahim could scale the heights of greatness, if he keeps his focus on improving his game, and can take his place amongst the finest in the Super Eagles.

At the close of the 2012/13 season, experienced campaigner, Victor Namo, was the star of a struggling Nasarawa United side as he scored 18 goals to emerge top scorer.

As top scorer, Namo was invited by Stephen Keshi to the Super Eagles ahead of the 2014 Championship of African Nations, CHAN in South Africa, but the former CAF Champions League campaigner with Kano Pillars failed to make the grade.

Truth be told. Namo’s exclusion came as a shock considering his experience.

At any rate, if Namo’s exclusion came as shock, the inclusion of his Nasarawa United teammate, Ibrahim was unimaginable.

Against all odds, Ibrahim made Keshi’s list for the CHAN and no one even expected him to hug the headlines. But he did. And in style.

2012/13 Glo Premier League Season

It’s interesting to note that Ibrahim made his debut in Nigeria’s top flight in 2013 and forced his way into the national team.

Believe it or not. The Nasarawa United rookie was not even close to the team during the two-legged qualifiers against Cote d’Ivoire.

Ibrahim may have had a quiet season during his top flight debut, but grabbed the chance to impress Keshi and his crew at the camp.

CHAN 2014

Fast forward to 2014 CHAN and you’ll agree that Ibrahim justified his inclusion in the team.

In fact, he chose the right stage to showcase his quality.

At a time Nigerians were hoping for something special to earn victory after the famous comeback against Morocco, Ibrahim‘s bold entry into a crowded Moroccan vital area turned out to be the icing on the cake.

Moroccan goalkeeper Nadir Lamyarghri dropped a pullout from the brilliant Ejike Uzoenyi and Ibrahim was at the right place at the right time to put his name in the history books.

And against Ghana in the semifinals, Ibrahim’s audacious shot from a distance hit the woodwork and bounced back into play.

Nigerians may be surprised at his performance in CHAN, but club supremo, Isaac Danladi, is not.

“I’m not surprised at Aliyu’s performance because I got him from Aminchi Academy, in Jos.

“People were surprised when I brought him to the club, but I was convinced he would excel. At least, he has justified the decision to bring him to Nasarawa United.

“Now, we’re talking about his contribution to the Super Eagles at the CHAN. I’m happy he’s our player,” Danladi told supersport.com.

Despite his performance at the CHAN, Danladi believes Ibrahim has more work to do.

“I want him to remain focused when he returns to the club.

“Ibrahim still has more work to do at Nasarawa United, where he will develop faster. Besides, we have the best coach in the league, Baba Ganaru,” Danladi stated.

Profile

Name: Abubakar Aliyu Ibrahim

Date of Birth: 18/11/ 94

International debut: 2014

Former Club: Aminchi Academy, Jos

Position: Striker, Attacking Midfielder

Club: Nasarawa United

Glo Premier League debut: 2013

2014 CHAN: 1 goal

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