Greatness they say starts in small steps but for one Nigerian it seems to start with leaps
Sadiq Umar has come a long way in a short time, from the dusty streets of Kaduna to the hallowed streets of Rome . . .a star destined for greatness
Born in Kaduna, Umar whose father was also a footballer joined future college of Africa academy and the football college Abuja from where he was spotted by AC Spezia at a youth tournament in Croatia
It was love at 1st sight as Spezia snapped him up and his first season at AC Spezia he scored 14 goals in his first 18 outings.
Umar emerged as top scorer for Spezia where he scored a record-breaking 26 goals in 27 games in the Italian youth league
Roma noticed and quickly took the “new Kanu” as he is called in Italy on loan and after a few months he was promoted to the 1st team where he has scored 2 goals in 6 matches.
Sadiq shares many attributes with his model Nwankwo Kanu standing at an imposing 6ft 3 and also blessed with good close control and technical ability and even sharing his languid style if perhaps a little quicker than Kanu “I hope to achieve as much as Kanu did he is my mentor said Sadiq
Sadiq who is only 19 was a late entrant into the U23 Olympic team but impressed the coaches so much in training that he made the team ahead of regular striker Taiwo Awoniyi and even started the game against Japan ahead of Siasias trusted regular Junior Ajayi and was outstanding in the match against japan scoring a goal and winning a penalty while causing the Japanese defense all sorts of headaches
Before the Olympics he had been generating a lot of interest from a host of top clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Bourissa Dortmund Liverpool interested in €12m Umar Sadiq
The rise of the 19 year olds continue . . .another gem is unearthed. Let the world take notice!