It’s an amazing era for football
We are in an epoch loaded with abundant young talent many being touted to achieve gargantuan levels of greatness. Nigeria is not left out
From Kelechi Iheanacho to Isaac Success to Henry Onyekuru, Victor Osimhen, Orji Okonkwo and Kelechi Nwakali and many more Nigeria has been blessed with a rush of talent between 18 to 21 years of age, a golden generation perhaps all touted to make it big a few years from now
To this elitist few we can comfortably add Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure !
Born in Nigeria 19 years ago Dennis talent stood out at an early age and was one of the exceptional youngsters at the Football Academy Abuja while still only 15 and joining the Nigerian U-15 national team for an Eight-Nation Invitational Tournament in Mexico where he played alongside Kelechi Iheanacho, Chidera Eze, Taiwo Awoniyi among others before leaving the country a year later to the Ukraine
In the Ukraine with FC ‘Zorya’ the sensational midfielder, slowly developed an enviable profile for himself raking in 12 appearances for FC ‘Zorya’ in his season with three of those coming in the UEFA EUROPA League (although FC ‘Zorya’ failed to make it past the group stages of the EUROPA League. )
The then 18 year old got rave reviews from pundits across Europe for his performances against Manchester United (England), Feyenoord (Netherlands) and Fenerbahce (Turkey).
The reviews were also pouring in with Ukranian media highlighting his 5-star performance against Shahkter Donetsk in a game he was named in the Ukrainian premier league team of the week despite his team’s 1-2 defeat.
Wasn’t long after Club Brugge of Belgium came calling and won the youngster amid keen interest from the likes of Bourissa Dortmund
Dennis has been described as an exciting and electric player by those who should know, one capable of being the best in whatever league he plays
“Dennis is a player with great potential, he has made a lot of progress within a short time and proved every week as one of the best players in the league.” Said ex-Club Brugge star Sergiy Serebrennikov, who was involved in his transfer
“He is a lightning-fast striker with individual brilliance and also unpredictable.
He is ambitious and I am confident that he will shine in the Belgian league.”
Dennis has hit the ground running in Belgium from electrifying performances in preseason he has started the campaign proper like a true star scoring 3 goals in his 1st 2 competitive matches
He needed only six minutes to make his impact in the UEFA Champions League too
Blessed with unbelievable pace, strength and good dribbling abilities in addition to deft clinical finishing prowess, Dennis is every managers dream forward and although he has been criticized on occasion for his end product the youngster has put in the hard work and improved on his weakness
Nigerians should watch out for the player with jersey number 42.” Dr. Leonard Maduabum said when Zorya took on Man united in the UEFA Europa league
Dennis has been said to be an ambitious player and confirmed this himself when he told reporters in Belgium he not only wants to be the top scorer in Belgium but the best player as well
At the end of the season? Who knows? Its not beyond him