The Boy Who ‘Struggled’ For Shot With Mikel Now On Brink Of World Cup Appearance

'Few years ago, we were watching him on television for Chelsea'

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Chidozie Collins Awaziem is presently on loan at FC Nantes from FC Porto

 

Super Eagles of Nigeria defender, Chidozie Awaziem is an athlete who is enjoying steady rise.

In late 2013, the young footballer treasured pictures with Super Eagles midfield maestro, John Obi Mikel, Chelsea’s Victor Moses and co. Fast-forward to 2018, Awaziem is in Nigeria’s preliminary squad for the biggest football tournament in the world – the senior FIFA World Cup!

Kun Aguero is tackled by Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel and Chidozie Awaziem (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

The 21 year old is presently in the Super Eagles camp in Uyo preparing for the Russia tourney after a fair season with Nantes who finished 9th in the French Ligue 1.

Awaziem now has to compete for a place in the final 23-man list with the likes of Stephen Eze and Kenneth Omeruo. CREDIT: Awaziem Twitter

Interestingly, Awaziem did not play any level of league football locally before joining parent club, Portuguese giants, FC Porto – a club he made his league debut against arch-rival, Benfica.

Paris Saint Germain forward Neymar Jr (L) in action against FC Nantes’ Chidozie Awaziem (R) during the soccer ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain and FC Nantes in Paris, France, 18 November 2017. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

A scout spotted him during a programme in Nigeria, termed Gee-lec football talent hunt put together by Ramp Football Agency.

Awaziem pose with Eagles stars, Victor Moses and Ogenyi Onazi 5 years ago

He told Own Goal last year: “Playing alongside him (Mikel) to some of us is enough reason to put in your best because few years ago we were watching him on television for Chelsea. You can’t afford to give less when he is giving all.”

Indeed, Awaziem is living a dream!

 

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