In Chisom Kizito, Abia Warriors have one of the most exciting left backs in the Nigeria Professed Football League (NPFL).
Fans have been treated to a fine display of vision, movement and technical ability from the youngster as he looked to dominate games from the very first whistle. What was most enthusing about Kizito was his desire to be on the ball and to control.
The overlapping lad first really came to note in the team at Rivers United, as that talented group went on to grab a 0-0 draw. Although there were four or five players who shone throughout the during, it was the performances of the feather-like defender that stood out the most.
In the game against MFM FC last weekend, Kizito remained at the base and directed the team. He showed a degree of maturity that took him beyond his tender years, acknowledging the moments when to raise the tempo and when a more composed attitude was required.
That is what is so special about Kizito – although his frame is one of a boy just entering his teens, the mind is one of a seasoned veteran. He shows none of the naivety many his age group do in abundance and, with a pair of eyes seemingly in the back of his head his reading of the game allows him to stay ahead of opponents.
Although Kizito has the intelligence on the field to keep ahead of opponents, he still needs to develop. Above all, there is no rush. Too much pressure on the defender now could see him follow many other promising young Nigerian players from years gone by into obscurity. He needs to learn the ropes at every level before excelling at first team life.
Good things come to those who wait, and those who show patience with Kizito will witness something very, very good indeed.