Rashidi Yekini, Obafemi Martins, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Odion Ighalo and now Victor Osimhen. These are household names in Nigeria football whose exploits for both clubs and country, have given them a place of pride in the hearts of diehard Nigeria football fans.
Today, Osimhen is the toast of the Italian League, Terim Moffi is the shining light of the French Ligue 1, Southampton of England latest acquisition Paul Onuachu was the toast of the Belgian League while a certain Francis Ayuba is emerging from the shadows of this superstars to become one of the best strikers that ever came out of the bubbling town of Kaduna, in Northern Nigeria.
Discovered in the midst of a thousand street footballers, who litter the busy town daily, hoping to be nurtured into limelight, Ayuba who was born into a poor family, is now on the threshold of history because any moment from now, he could become the next big name in Nigeria football.
With eleven goals in 13 friendly matches as a member of the current Under-20 National team, the player who only joined Nasarawa United football Club of Lafia at the start of the 2023/2024 football season is among the first five names on the Flying Eagles starters list ahead of key matches, leading to the Africa Under-20 Nations Cup.
The chief executive officer of Ikon Allah Academy, a man with the Eagle eyes, has a reputation for discovering Super talents, many of whom have moved on from their humble beginning to stardom in Europe, North and South America and even here on the continent of Africa
Super Eagles winger, Chidera Ejuke who is gradually becoming a household name in the National team, was first discovered by the owner of Ikon Allah Academy, from where he made his inroads into European football.
Like Ejuke, over 20 players of Ikon Allah Academy have found their way into Europe and North Africa in the last three years. Just this week, the club sold four more players outside the shores of Nigeria while six more have been penciled down for Summer tranfers.
Ikon Allah Academy has a rich reputation, as one of the best football academies in Northern Nigeria. The organizational and administrative framework of this club, is second to none. Their players rank amongst the very best in football academies in Nigeria, no wonder, National team coaches are always running Cap in Hands to this Academy, in search of the next big talent in Nigeria football.