The Flying Eagles of Nigeria started their U-20 World Cup campaign on a bang, a 4-0 thrashing of Oil-rich Qatar in their opening group D encounter.
Players like Eyimba’s Utin, the captain of the side, Effiom, and Offia have been getting more attention after a wonderful shift for the Flying Eagles.
AYOTOMIWA DELE BASHIRU has also caught the attention of fans, pundits and analysts.
Who is he?
19 year old Tom Dele Bashiru was born in Manchester, England.
He represented England at U-16 level.
He plays as a midfielder and has come through Manchester City’s youth team, getting a first team nod against Leicester City in the League Cup in 2017.
He has drawn comparisons with Manchester City legend, Yaya Toure given similarities in their style of play.
Tom Dele Bashiru’s profile is bound to rise more and more as he was listed by FIFA as one of the top ten stars poised to shine at the #Fifau20worldcup.
The hardworking midfielder followed FIFA’s rating with a goal for his country against Qatar, a deft finish for a midfielder.
“I ’m really proud of my goal, because it’s the first I’ve scored for my national team and it comes on my first official appearance for the U-20s. I’ve worked so hard to be here today,” Dele-Bashiru told reporters after the game against Qatar.
“I think we could go far in this tournament, “We’re going to do all we can to keep this momentum going while making sure we keep our feet on the ground.”- Dele-Bashiru
He is poised to become the poster boy of this 2019 U-20 Eagles set like Mikel Obi was for the 2005 set, and like Ahmed Musa was for the 2011 set.
Nigeria has never won the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and Tom Dele Bashiru could deliver the trophy for Paul Aigbogun’s side with his tenacious display from the middle of the park.