Head coach of the Nigeria’s U15 national team, Danladi Nasidi believes the 12-year-old US-born striker currently plays for the Under-14 team of Netherlands second division side Dordrecht FC, Lateef Omidiji Jr is a hot prospect for the country.
The age grade coach who watched several youngster progressed under his tutelage admitted traveling to the US to watch him play in 2014 and came out of the experience knowing he had something on his hands.
“He has speed, focus, the technique is so good, the tactical approach is fine and he has the physical ability. These things combine to make a good footballer,” Nasidi told Goal.
“He’s a small boy and if he comes to play for Nigeria, it will be good for Nigeria,” he declared.
Perhaps not every 12-year-old gets to be spoken so highly of at his age. Lateef Jr. is currently leading scoring at his youth side despite being two years younger than his teammates and opponents.
Coach Nasidi is keenly following the development of the prodigy, something he must stay alerted to as there seems to be a lot of eyes.
“Many countries are interested in him, but since I’m monitoring his activities, I want to make sure we get hold of him before any other country,” Nasidi said.