Super Eagles midfielder Babatunde Michael has praised teammate Emmanuel Emenike for boosting his confidence before Nigeria clashed against Bosnia in their Brazil 204 World Cup group game.
The 21-year-old, who has been linked with the likes of Sunderland, Stoke City and Schalke 04 in the summer transfer market, admitted that he was nervous when coach Stephen Keshi gave him a starting role in the encounter – his first game in the tournament.
“Emenike has been a wonderful guy to the youngsters, he has respect for talent and he never looked down on anybody,” africanfootball.com quoted Babatunde as saying on Wednesday.
“On several occasions, he kept on building my confidence by encouraging me. I was surprised. Emenike told me to ignore the critics and be focused as that was the only way I could show that I deserve to be in Brazil with the Super Eagles and that was exactly what I did.
“(Ogenyi) Onazi, (Austin) Ejide and some others too were not left out in helping me out.”
Meanwhile, Watford youngster Ogo Obi has joined Manchester United on trial, Sports Mole reports.
The 16-year-old, who scored 10 goals in five games at last year’s Milk Cup, is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in England.
Obi’s exploits have not gone unnoticed, with the forward now due to spend a period with United.
Watford have offered the youngster a new contract, but have allowed the player to join the former English champions on trial.
Obi joins Benfica youngsters Joao Filipe and Joao Virginia on trial at the club.