Don’t give up…

    Victor Osimhen and Terrem Moffi

    Before 2015 FIFA U 17 World Cup in Chile, both Victor Osimhen and Terrem Moffi were in the Golden Eaglets fighting to be included in the final team list.

    At the end of the day, Osimhen made the team to Chile and Moffi was dropped. Osimhen went on to help Nigeria win the trophy. He became the highest goalscorer of the tournament with a record 10 goals.

    On the other side, Moffi was not deterred. He continued developing his game. He found himself in Europe in Lithuania, did his best, he continued to blossom in Europe and he is currently playing for Nice of France.

    Both Osimhen and Moffi worked hard, took different routes in their football, still found a way to re- unite together in the Super Eagles.

    During the crucial Nigeria vs South Africa semi-final game of the 2023 AFCON, Moffi replaced Osimhen in the extra time. He tormented the South African defence and their defender was shown a red card.

    He stepped out first to take penalty for Nigeria, which he struck perfectly into the net. He bidded his time very well and played his part tremendously.

    If you are a young footballer, don’t allow any negative decision, like being drooped from any team to discourage you from your goal of becoming a professional footballer. Handle rejection very well by continuing to work hard and remain disciplined.

    Today, you may not be good enough in the eyes of some coaches, but tomorrow you may be the cynosure of all eyes in the world.

    Not good enough is not even a bad verdict from any coach. It depends on how you handle the situation.

    Don’t get discouraged by doubting your God- given football gift. Remember Moffi and others who never gave up their football career.

    So, don’t give up.

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