Olisa Ndah has quietly gone about doing a sterling job for the Olympic Eagles. He is unheralded but Raw. He is dependable and promising.
It won’t be out of place to compare the lad with the legendary Paolo Maldini of Italy.
So quietly you probably did not even see him doing it.
The centre-back job, and the manner in which he carries it out, is a thankless one because he’s not flashy, but if you pay enough attention you’ll realise how much ground he’s actually covered.
Ndah has featured in all 90 minutes of the Olympic Eagles’ last two U23 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying games, playing alongside Anthony Izuchukwu at the heart of the defence.
That tells a story of how dependable he’s been for the national team on their path to Egypt 2019, and how quietly efficient too because, in all honesty, who noticed him there?
The Remo Stars centre-back is, however, not nearly as quiet a figure when he’s talking football off the field.
He’s a great listener and his answers mirror that of an experienced communicator who’s faced many challenges and questions in his life.
Ndah is ecstatic about the Olympic Eagles qualifying for U23 Afcon and feels the team have done well enough that they can be among the strong contenders at the showpiece in Egypt.