Some young Nigerian footballers in search of greener pastures in the international scene have resorted to social media to seek a trial session from English football clubs.
Richard Allison and Kenechukwu Jonathan, are two young footballers who have adopted the method and it seems to be working for them.
Allison recently took to his Twitter handle on Thursday 29 August, to reach out to an Irish club Cork City requesting for a trial session to be considered for recruitment, the club responded and put him on a condition to rack up 50,000 retweets before his request could be granted.
Not willing to let what could be likened to a golden opportunity to play with a foreign club slip away, Allison appealed to his followers and other Twitter users to help him out in a bid to get his trial with the League of Ireland club.
Please everyone help me achieve my dream
I’m a Nigerian based footballer @CorkCityFC promised to offer me a free trial with them only if I can get 50,000 rt’s
Please I know it’s tough but I’m pleading 🙏🏽if u come across this in ur TL pls do well to RT 🙏🏽🙏🏽 @CorkCityFC pic.twitter.com/CBXK6CqAmV
— RICHARD ALLISON (@RICHARD_ALI_SON) August 30, 2019
Trust Nigerians to be very supportive in such situation, it didn’t take long to rally support for Allison by Saturday 31 August, they have helped Allison garnered more than the 50,000 retweets target set by Cork City to give him a trial which may see him become one of their players.
The club later revealed that they’ve emailed the player in a bid to help with his visa process.
We have sent @RICHARD_ALI_SON a DM, watch this space
— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) August 31, 2019
Jonathan on the other hand also reached out to two Lincolnshire clubs in England on Twitter in a bid to land a trial.
He asked Boston United and Grantham Town on Twitter how many retweets he would need to get a chance for trial.
So far neither side has responded, but Jonathan, who described himself as a midfielder and says he dreams of representing his country one day, has had luck elsewhere.
Ilkeston Town football club in Derbyshire, England, who play in the BetVictor Northern Premier South East Division along with Lincoln United, responded saying he needs 1,000 retweets for a trial.
Like Allison, Jonathan has also succeeded and it seems the young lads have good testaments about how social media can help
Jonathan has garnered 1,300 retweets after appealing to Twitter users for help in reaching the target.
However, there is now another obstacle standing in his way – getting to the United Kingdom.
Ilkeston have remained true to their word and have put out a post asking people if they can help fund his accommodation and flight costs.
— Ilkeston Town FC (@ilkestontown_fc) August 18, 2019
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Manchester United’s attempts to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal has hit a brick wall, according to SportsMail.
The six-month agreement expires in just one week.
Shanghai Shenhua have rejected United’s requests to keep Ighalo at Old Trafford for another three months.
The Chinese Super League have asked Ighalo, to rejoin the club to prepare for the start of the delayed season.
Unless United can make a late breakthrough in negotiations, Ighalo will return to Shanghai when his loan ends next Monday.
The 30-year-old scored four goals in eight matches before the COVID-19 shutdown and resumed training with the United squad at Carrington last week.
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My childhood friend who forgot me once he became famous- Man calls out Kelechi Iheanacho
A social media user who seems to have been a childhood friend of Nigerian football star, Kelechi Iheanacho has disclosed how the football star forgot about him once he became famous.
The user identified as Godswill Uche revealed how they grew up together in the same neighbourhood in Owerri, Imo state.
He said, “We played the street balls together under the rain and scorching sun. We attended the same primary school; Unique Nursery and primary school Umualum Nekede No 4 b/stop as at then but has relocated to a new site now. We did almost everything together but today grace has found you and you’ve risen and clapped your way into the corridors of fame and stardom, you’re now a celebrity not just in Nigeria but all over the world.”
Bala towards the end of his story urged stars not to forget the people who were with them before they rose to stardom.
“Don’t call them lazy, poor or feel irritated when you see them coming to you. We all started from somewhere and grace found you,” he added.
See his story below;
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The Lille striker announced the passing of his father on his Twitter handle after reports emerged that Mr. Patrick Osimhen, 80, died in Lagos on Saturday night following a brief illness.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, in a press statement, said he had reached out to the player following the outbreak of the sad news, and he assured the former U-17 World Cup winner of the empathy and support of the country’s football family at this challenging moment for the youngster and his family.
Pinncik revealed that his French side Lille had promised to provide a private jet that would convey the player home from Europe for the burial.
“I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family. His club, Lille OSC of France have given him a private aircraft to come to Nigeria to be with his family and probably for the burial rites. We have applied for landing permit but we are yet to get this. However, we are still on it and hopeful for the sake of the young lad.
“The loss of either parent is usually a moment of heartbreak for anyone. We condole with Victor (Osimhen) at this moment and pray that God will grant his late father eternal rest, while also granting the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”
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