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Behold The 12 Years Old US Born Nigerian Soccer Genius!




Lateef Omidiji Jr comes highly recommended. The 12-year-old US-born striker currently plays for the Under-14 team of Netherlands second division side Dordrecht FC.

However, he already has a place reserved for him in the Nigeria U15 side based on first hand scouting by its coach Danladi Nasidi.


Coach Nasidi traveled 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.

He told Goal that he would like to represent Nigeria someday like his heroes Rasheed Yekini, Daniel Amokachi, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and Mutiu Adepoju, players he grew up watching on home video tapes with his father and grandfather.




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