Nigeria U15 coach Danladi Nasidi has lauded Lateef Omidiji Jr. for settling down quickly despite joining the team for the first time.
Despite playing for the United States at the U14, U15 & U16 levels, the Feyenoord prodigy was invited to the country’s U15 side for next month’s African Youth Games.
The 14-year-old put up commanding displays as the U15 boys defeated Nigeria U20 women’s team and the Super Falcons 2-1 and 1-0 respectively in their build-up to the championship in Algeria.
This is Lateef Omidji jnr, the 14-year-old whiz who dumped US & the Netherlands to represent Nigeria. He is already earning rave reviews with the Nigeria U15 team owing to his speed, eye for goal & charisma. He is no doubt a Super Eagle in the making. pic.twitter.com/kAbR4wsytb— Shina Oludare (@sportingshina) June 3, 2018
The country defeated Swaziland 3-1 to win the football event of the 2014 African Youth Games in Botswana, and coach Nasidi is upbeat about defending their title in Algiers.
And the tactician has praised the youngster for the way he has settled in, disclosing that the young lad has what it takes to make it to the Super Eagles.
“Very very simple, he has already adapted because with the hard training, feeding and environment, he has no complaints or whatsoever,” Nasidi told Goal.
“He is really enjoying himself. After scoring a penalty [in one of our games], his teammates rallied around him and they were all chanting his name.
“Lateef is a great player and will be one of the country’s U17 players in future and hopefully make it to the Super Eagles like [Kelechi] Iheanacho.”
“The ministry and the NFF have been doing their best and that is encouraging,” he continued.
“We have played friendlies with the Falconets and Super Falcons, definitely we are focused and ready to defend our title. With little time, I have to blend them together and I have no fear.”