Children are gifts from God Almighty and it is a source of joy for them to embrace the noble deeds of their fathers, which is not strange in the world of sports.
Some children are known to follow the footsteps of their fathers in the beautiful game. Johan Cruyff, the Dutch football legend has a son, Jordi who played football just like him, although he was not as talented as his legendary father.
The likes of Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew are popular African players that are showcasing the football talents just as their father, Abedi Pele Ayew did in the colours of the Black Stars of Ghana and some European clubs.
Abedi Pele played for Ghana and his sons are also playing for Ghana. Back home in Nigeria, it has not been the easy to find such in the populous black nation in the world.
Same siblings from same parents had played for the Super Eagles, but Nigerians are yet to see the son of any member of 1980 and 1994 AFCON winning teams play for Nigeria, not even at the age – grade national teams.
It is only Ndubuisi Patrick Ndah, a member of the Atlanta ’96 Olympics gold medal football team of Nigeria that his son, Olisa Ndah played for the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria that failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
But in Sweden, where Peter Ijeh made his name as a Nigerian export in the Swedish top flight league, the former Super Eagles attacker is fulfilled seeing his children painting Sweden with goals just as he did during his playing days.
Ijeh, former Nigerian league top scorer in 2000 with Julius Berger FC revealed that his two daughters have demonstrated tremendous football skills in Sweden and they are already making their impact with the age-grade national teams of Sweden.
He informed that Evelyn, his first daughter is a terrific predator, a tormentor against most goalkeepers in Sweden and Europe, her sublime skills did not go unnoticed by the Swedish football ruling body as she is a member of the U 19 national team of Sweden.
“She plays for the Swedish National U19 team. She has been been playing from the U17 team. She started at a tender age when she was just 7 years old . Played since for IFK Göteborg age -grade teams,” Peter Ijeh told Francis Achi exclusively.
“Yes she’s an attacker. Always saying she wants to be like her dad.
“At age 14/15, she started playing in the league proper before she was invited to play for the U17 at that tender age.
“And she played in last year championship league but they lost out against FC Bayern Munich Female Championship League.
“She is playing in the top team in the female premier league Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. She uses both feet very well.
Speaking further, the former IFK Goteborg of Sweden striker said his second daughter is also an attacker and at 16 years old, she is enjoying some rave moments in Sweden like her elder sister.
“Josephine is just 16 years old. She is an attacker that loves to score goals from a long range, from 25/30 meters. She is in the U 17 team of Sweden.
Having started his professional career in Sweden, Ijeh said he remains grateful to God for making a tremendous impact in Sweden which opened the gates for more Swedish clubs to sign many Nigerian players, adding that the clubs in Sweden are fascinated by Nigerian players, especially strikers.
“The impression of Nigerian players in Sweden is very welcoming and the expectations are high, most importantly as a striker. Not only in Sweden, but all Scandinavian countries.
“During my playing days, I set the bar high. I played total number of 254 premier league games ,scored 119 goals. I still remain the highest goal scorer since 2002. Playing 23 games, scoring 24 goals is another record I posses.
“And seeing my daughters scoring goals, the same thing their dad did during his playing career gives me marvellous sense of fulfillment,” he concluded.
Both daughters have just gotten their first call- up to the Super Falcons ahead of Aisha Buhari International Women Football Tournament to be hosted in Lagos in September.
The Super Falcons are presently in Vienna, Austria preparing for the tournament and both sisters are already in camp, aiming to wear the national colours of Nigeria just like their father did during his active days of football.
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