2 men sat at a bar, drinks in hand . . . heads buried in depression as they traded strories of Nigerias better days as a force to be reckoned with in world football . . .
What we lack is a leader, a genuine playmaker ! Someone who is the engine of the team always driving them forward said one of the men
Cease your pointless prattling Gozie , his friend retorted and say it as it is ! Since the emperor JJ Okocha hung his boots the national team has never been the same. There will never be another number 10 like Okocha !
A 3rd man sat not too far from the 2 of men in a dark corner . . He had been listening in on their conversation and couldn’t help himself.
My friends, he said excitedly as he drew close to them grabbing his drink with him . . . Drink up and rejoice for our woes are over ! The search for our new number 10 has ended !
Do you not know that a true successor to the emperors throne has emerged ?
A scion of the emperor himself !
His son . . he paused and checked himself . . .Well not exactly but close enough . . His nephew is the true heir and our new midfield emperor !
You mean the boy at Arsenal? That Ajebutter Onyinbo ? Mmscheew . . . Gozie hissed !
Is he even a midfielder ?
Ah but he is ! Did you not see Arsenals game against Burnley in the English FA cup ? The boy was the standout performer deputizing for Mesut Ozil in the number 10 role and having a hand in both goals !
What did Monsieur Wenger not use to describe him after the match ? He said the boy is very intelligent and very clever and that his awareness and decision making are amazing for a 19 year old !
Abegi ! Cut in gozie sarcastically
We have had tones of pretenders all laying claim to be the emperors heir!
Count them !
Is it the boy that was always chewing gum on the field? Or even the one that looked like him and played like him for a while then fizzled out ? Even the almighty catalyst that plays for the Roman army in England . . .the pensioners what become of him? . What become of them all ? Charlatans ! Imposters !
Alika ! Calm down Ikenna he may be right o !
I remember the boy got a standing ovation from the Arsenal Fans for the match against Sunderland and for him to be consistently getting game time in a big club like Arsenal with big stars like Ramsey Ozil and Sanchez is not beans o !
Yes my friends Iwobi is steadily developing into a well rounded n complete midfielder and never forget he is the same blood as the Emperor JJ himself !
As the 3rd man paid for his drink n took his leave . . Ikenna turned to his friend and said . .so what do u think ? Is our search truly over ?
My friend . .for now . . We can only hope . . .and continue to pray !