Sixteen-year old Meshach Ubochioma has a dream of becoming the next big thing to  happen in football in Nigeria.

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The youngster  has his sight firmly set on reaching the height attained by his football idol,Lionel Messi.The similarity between the Barcelona and Argentine legend and the budding Imo state born talent is the use of the left.

These attribute Meshach believes puts him in good stead to achieve his football ambitious “Lionel Messi is my football idol, he is the best player in the world. The things I see him do with the ball always make me happy. My dream is to be like him because we both use the left foot.”

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The Next Sporting Academy trainee believes he is on the right track as his stay in the academy has helped his football progress. “I have really made progress in the academy. I have become a better person both as a person and a footballer. I am focused on further improving myself here.

The 2 time most valuable player in the NFF organized Under 13 tournament has come under the radar of football scouts with offers from both local and foreign clubs but the youngster is not in a hurry to make up his mind.  “I am aware that there has been some offers made for my services but I am focused on my football development and my dream of achieving of becoming one of the best players to come out of Nigeria.


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