In Nigeria, football is followed with great passion considering that the country remains the biggest exporter of footballers in the big leagues of the world. The game is not, however, devoid of famous players for the wrong reasons. Below are the top five Nigerian players who, while talented, have always been media recipients. Some are no longer active, while others are still actively involved in the club and the country.
Etim Esin was born in Oron in Akwa Ibom State, southern Nigeria in 1960. He became one of the most talented stars in the local scene helping Nigeria qualify for the World Championship FIFA Youth Youth 1987 in Chile. His desire potential, however, suffered a serious blow due to a lack of discipline and arrogance. At the height of his escapade, Etim Esin was shot dead by armed robbers in 1987 ahead of the Junior World Cup. The nail in his coffin came while playing for AK Gand of Belgium in the early 1990s as he was convicted of raping a Belgian girl and then deported to Nigeria by Belgian immigration authorities .
Tarila Okorowanta was a creative midfielder who became a local folk hero playing for Shooting Stars football clubs in Ibadan in the 1980s. Her career, however, was plunged into controversy due to lack of discipline and violations. frequent rules of the camp. Tarila Okorowanta made headlines by defecting to Italy as the Ibadan Shooting Stars returned from an African Champions Cup match in Tunisia. This reckless action led to the eventual downfall of his wonderful but short career.
Gbolahan Salami is a forward for the Ibadan Shooting Stars football club. A bulky and exceptionally talented player, Gbolahan rose to prominence when he played for Nigeria at the U-20 World Cup held in Egypt in 2009. The growing profile of the bully striker has suffered some damage, however. shots last year when he was criticized with two matches. Prohibition for verbally assaulting his former coach at Sunshine Football Club – Gbenga Ogunbote. To compound his woes, he was recently banned for a year when Shooting Stars was forced to a 1-1 draw while visiting Ogbomosho’s Crown FC in a Premier League game played on Sunday, January 30, 2011. He allegedly tried to attack the match referee. Michael Oshei for awarding a late penalty against his club.
Junior Osagie is a former guest of Enyimba and the Nigerian Super Eagles who liked to break camp rules. The highly talented striker has been unable to achieve his goal of playing professional football abroad partly due to his erratic driving and the negative influence surrounding his career.
Akpan Bassey is the only Nigerian Premier League goalkeeper to have been banned for a year since the league’s inception. He was a member of the U-20 team led by Ladan Bosso which competed at the 2007 FIFA World Cup in Canada. Although lacking in height, he remains one of the best goalkeepers in the Nigerian Premier League to date. His outstanding performance has even earned him invitations to the Nigeria Super Eagles on several occasions. The Heartland F.C of Owerri striker was previously fined $ 650 and a one-match ban on January 20, 2011 for pushing a referee in a Premier League game against Akure’s Sunshine F.C.
A sad tendency that can be observed in each of these players is that they are all gifted and talented, but the breaking of the rules of the game has damaged their careers. It’s a lesson other aspiring footballers should learn from.