7 Nigerian footballers whose careers crashed like MMM

7 Nigerian footballers whose careers crashed like MMM

The popular Ponzi scheme MMM has frozen accounts of its participants for 30 days and like the investment, many Nigerian footballers have seen their career crash.

These players showed potentials but somehow could not reach their peak.

Here are seven players whose respective career crashed like MMM;

1. Kabiru Akinsola

This is a real case of MMM crashing. A member of the Golden Eaglets squad to the 2007 U-17 World Cup in Korea, Kabiru Akinsola was expected to become the next Thierry Henry but sadly his career seems to have crashed.

7 Nigerian footballers whose career's crashed like MMM

Kabiru Akinsola

Has played for smaller Spanish clubs and Etiole de Sahel, but the real low came when he returned to the Nigerian Professional Football League and played two games for Sunshine Stars of Akure in the 2014/2015.

Akinsola has spent most of his young career being a journeyman across the lower division clubs of Europe. Now 25, he joined UD Merida in Spanish Segunda in January but has yet to play for the team.

2. Philip Osondu

Osondu was supposed Nigeria's next great hope in the striking department.

Won the Golden Ball at the 1987 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Canada and after his U-16 exploits and was immediately was snapped-up by Anderlecht of Belgium.

7 Nigerian footballers whose career's crashed like MMM

Philip Osundu

According to Complete Sport, Osondu did not grow tall like his peers in his age grade as he was already old and could not grow older.

The one-time El Kanemi striker was released by Anderlecht in 1996 at the official age of 25 and ended up doing odd jobs in Belgium to survive.

3. Chrisantus Macauley

Probably the most disappointing youngster Nigeria has ever had. His lanky stature led many to consider him a great replacement for the legendary Kanu Nwankwo, while some thought he might be able to fill the big shoes of the Nigerian record goalscorer, Rashidi Yekini.

Shone at the 2007 World U-17 Championships in Korea under the late coach Yemi Tella with seven goals as Nigeria won gold. However it seemed like the reported age cheat was just a scam.

7 Nigerian footballers whose career's crashed like MMM

Chrisantus Macauley

4. Femi Opabunmi

Helped Nigeria win silver at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Cup and was honored with the silver shoe at the event and also won the bronze ball as the third best player in the tournament.

However an eye surgery in 2008 curtailed his career and he is not played professional football since.

7 Nigerian footballers whose career's crashed like MMM

Femi Opabunmi

5. Peter Ogaba

At the 1987 FIFA U-17 World Youth Cup in Canada 13-year-old Peter Ogaba shot to prominence as he was officially the youngest player of the second edition of the championship.

Ogaba played in six games of the Golden Eaglets' matches at the 1987 U-16 World Cup and was in action in four games two years later in Saudi Arabia at the FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia in 1989 and were the losing finalists.

7 Nigerian footballers whose career's crashed like MMM

Peter Ogaba brings down Serghei Benjenar of Soviet Union in Canada 87

Ogaba played in KSC Lokeren in Belgium. He went on loan from Lokeren after sustaining a hamstring injury to Finland, FC Oulu, where he won the league.

Ogaba's last known club was MSV Duisburg who he played for in the 1993/1994 season when he was officially 19, 20. He has not been heard of as a player since.

6. Victor Igbinoba

One of Nigeria's first ever youngsters, Iginoba helped Nigeria to gold at FIFA U-16 Kodak World Championship in China and was in Nigeria's U-20 squad to the 1987 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile.

Igbinoba played in all Nigeria's six games in China 31 years ago and was expected to set the world alight at the U-20 World Youth Championship in Chile two years later but that was not to be so.

He was never involved in any other Nigerian football teams after.

7. Stanley Okoro

Remember little Messi who was later exposed as a fraud and age cheat? He let Nigerians down as he never managed to reach the feat predicted.

7 Nigerian footballers whose career's crashed like MMM

Stanley Okoro (right)

Source: Sports.naij.com

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