At a special reception held in honour of the Super Eagles and Bursaspor utility player Abdullahi Shehu on Monday, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal doled out honours for the 2018 FIFA World Cup star.
Shehu, who started his football career at Sokoto United, is arguably the most decorated player in the history of Sokoto State.
He featured in the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup, won Bronze with the Super Eagles B Team at the 2014 African Nations Championship. He made his Super Eagles debut in 2015 against DR Congo in Belgium and a year later he won Bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games with the Dream Team VI.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal honoured Shehu with a house, a land to build his sports complex, sponsorship to Hajj and cash rewards to support the Super Eagles defender Foundation.
“I want to appreciate my Governor (Aminu Waziri Tambuwal) for this great honour, it feels so good my hard work and being a good ambassador of this state is been celebrated and recognized. I am greatful to our darling Governor for this kindness and gesture,” an emotional Shehu said.
“This is not an honour for me to slip off, but to work very hard at both club and national team. What interests me most is the support for my Foundation and the land to build my sports complex, we have many talents in Sokoto and we must create the enabling environment to nurture them with modern facilities.
Shehu Abdullahi Foundation have invited Super Eagles and Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa for a Charity Match in Sokoto State on Thursday (July 5th).
Shehu added; “We have concluded plans to host a Charity Match in Sokoto State, the match will be between Shehu Friends and Musa Friends. Apart from the charity angle to it, we want to motivate the youths and gives them hope, I am optimistic Sokoto will produce more football stars in years to come.”
The former Kano Pillars midfielder won two NPFL titles before moving abroad, where he conquered Asian football at Qadsia Sporting Club. Shehu amazing performance in Asia earned him a transfer to Europe in the Portuguese league, he later moved to Anorthosis Famagusta in Cyprus where he became a big star.
On January 2018, Shehu completed his two-and-a-half-year deal to Bursaspor in Turkey, he was one of the few Super Eagles players that moved during the mid-season European transfer window.
Shehu in 2017/2018 league season played a total number of 36 league games, 22 games with Anorthosis and 14 with his new club Bursaspor. He accumulated 3074 total minutes of playing time.
Shehu started Super Eagles first game against Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium, he featured for 90 minutes in his first senior World Cup appearance. The Sokoto State born player has played 25 games for the Super Eagles since he made his debut in 2015.