Every year raw talents in Nigeria’s sporting sphere emerge, but who were the once who left the nation in awe in 2015? Among some of the achievements of youngters in Nigeria include the Golden Eaglets winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the U-23 Dream team winning the U-23 Africa Nations Cup, the awesome 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships campaign where the likes of Tobi Amusan shone.
Of a possible 15 youngsters who impressed in 2015, this writer picks 5 Of Nigeria’s Best Newly Discovered Athletes of 2015.
1. Kelechi Nwakali: Named the MVP at the FIFA U-17 world cup and was also awarded the Bronze boot for being the third highest goalscorer though he later shared it with Samuel Chukwueze. The 17 year old was signed by Stellar Management which services the likes of Gareth Bale. His stock can only keep rising.
2. Victor Osimhen: Another member of the victorious 2015 Golden Eaglets set. Won the Bronze ball as third best player at the tournament and Golden ball as the highest goal scorer with a record 10 goals. He was named in the U-23 Dream team squad for the victorious U-23 Africa Nations cup. His performance in the final suggests he could have a big future ahead.
Osimhen lashes a shot into the net to put Nigeria ahead against Mali at Chile 2015
3. Oluwatobiloba Amusan: Claimed gold in the 100 metres hurdles event at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships. Won gold in the 100 metres hurdles event at the 2015 All-Africa Games. The beauty is one of the best young talents out there.
4. Divine Oduduru: Divine is one name Nigerians would be hearing in a few years time. Small talk in the Athletics community suggests he is the next sprint king in Nigeria. Won gold in the 100m and 200m at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships.
5. Ese Brume: Another name Nigerian’s would be hearing regularly soon enough. Won gold in the Long and triple jump in the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships. Was also part of the 4X100 relay team that won gold at the same event.