Super Falcons and S.B.V. Excelsior of Holland forward, Sophia Omotola Omidiji has said she loves referencing stories as that of the rise of England captain, Harry Kane.
Kane has scored the most goals for England at a World Cup in 28 years, after netting twice in the first half against Panama on Sunday.
The Tottenham striker netted the Three Lions‘ second and fifth goals from the penalty spot and then, in a remarkable half of football, also scored England’s last in the 62nd minutes in a 6-1 rout.
Kane subsequently becomes the first Englishman since 1990, after David Platt and Gary Lineker, to score three goals at the competition.
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He is also the first ever player to score four goals in a World Cup group stage, topping Lineker’s three in 1986, and Roger Hunt’s in 1966.
The Nigerian-American posted on her Instagram account to embolden her younger ones especially.
She writes: “@lateefomidijijr @rasheedomidiji Picture of Harry Kane and his wife….Time waits for nobody…youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow.
“What we sometimes see as a long time a lot of times isn’t…with talent, hardwork, planning and focus…that small pikin of yesterday is captaining the English National team.
“I love pointing stories like these to my siblings…Kane was dropped by Arsenal, kept grinding, got to Tottenham, sent on loan till he finally became a regular at Tottenham- today captain of England…
“From Arsenal flop to top 5 in the world. @nostepsback100 # nevergiveuponyourdreams #nevergiveupanddontlookback #donteverletanyonetellyoucant #keepgrinding
#teamomidiji #harrykane #thechildisthefatheroftheman #omoounpedagba @Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.”
Lateef Omidiji Jr., 14 year old sibling of Sophia chose to represent Nigeria ahead of the U.S.A in May.
According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Lateef was called up by Coach Danladi Nasidi alongside 28 others as they aim to defend the African Youth Games (AYG) title won at the last edition in Botswana four years ago.
By that, the Feyenoord prodigy follows his elder sister Sophia in turning down the opportunity to represent other countries
The age-grade team camp in Abuja is expected to open July 17th and close Friday, July 27th July 2018.
Sophia’s two other younger brothers, Rasheed and Amir, play for FC Den Bosch’s O10’s selection team and V.V Baronie’s JY7’s respectively both in The Netherlands.
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