After Flying Eagles Manager Paul Aigbogun named his annointed soldiers for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup, many fans were left curious to find out who Emeka Chinonso is and how he found his way into the national team.
The fact that 17-year-old plays for less fashionable Brook House FC in England makes many unfamiliar with him.
Who is Chinonso Emeka? The answer is very straightforward. The lanky predator is a nightmare, a box 18 assassin and menacing striker.
He has been sensational at Brook House, and he is quickly developing into their most important striker for the club’s extended future.
Full of pace and with great ball skills, the teenager is one of the brightest Nigerian talents in the game right now and Poland 2019 could be his time to shine.
His continued development should be a key factor in building towards continued future success for Nigeria and with a significant increase already in his production he could become a sought after transfer target by the summer of 2019.
Brook House FC is the youth section of AFC Hayes, which accords some intensive training avenues to kids aged from five years upwards.
The club, which is based in Hayes, Greater London, England, was founded in 1974 as Brook House and currently feature in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, with their home matches hosted at Farm Park.
The club houses 15 youth teams at a playing ground located on Kingshill Avenue, Hayes UB4 8DD, UK, with a Charter Standard Accreditation, as well as formal registration with Harrow Youth Football League (HYFL).
One area of skill Emeka would be expected to showcase with the Flying Eagles is the adoption of “Total Football” concept he learnt at Brook House, as all the club’s players are trained to be comfortable on the ball.
Brook House FC is also a Partner Club with Queens Park Rangers, which accords them unique opportunities during QPR’s home matches, such as forming the Guard of Honour.
Emeka has also gained from Brook House’s coaching team that includes a scout for Southampton with links to Watford, Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United and Manchester United, as well as soccer camps during school holidays.
Aigbogun was on the lookout for options in attack and Emeka was one of the players called up as back up.
He impressed the coaches with his ball holding abilities particularly with his back to goal and the fact that he is among the tallest players in the team also helped his case.
He will have to fight for a starting place with another upcoming star Jerome Akor, bullish Henry Offia and the sleek Tijani Muhammed.
Landing a starting eleven position will not be a walk in the park for Emeka Chinonso as He must prove his pedigree. Of course Aigbogun looked at many options before naming the youngster in his squad. Could he be his secret weapon? Well, that could be answered when the Flying Eagles kickstart their campaign against Qatar.