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No one can contend the fact that Nigeria loves football. This is evident in the country’s football stars who are never in short supply. Nigerian footballer ply their trade both domestically and abroad. Also, the following of football events both locally and internationally is incredible. For the foreign football exports, their impacts are being felt in their clubs spread across Europe which is the popular destination of many Nigerians. It will however be fair to state that the older generation set the pace, and the impact they made on the global stage inspired the younger generation, resulting in what we now have today.

Who can forget the likes of Sam Okwaraji of blessed memory who died in active service to his fatherland? Other football greats both living and dead include Rashidi Yekini, Sunday Oliseh, Daniel Amokachi, Kanu Nwankwo, Taribo West among several other football players who plied their trades both domestically and abroad, and have contributed immensely to the development of the sport in Nigeria. They have brought international glory to the country by winning several competitions including the coveted Olympic gold medal for football in 1996

To Become a Professional Footballer in Nigeria

The situation today has witnesses a great improvement from the way things used to be in the past. This is evident in the football academies scattered across the country. The most recent being the football training academy established by Barcelona Football Club (FCB) of Spain in Lagos. Unlike before where the youths skilled in the game of football had a vague idea of how to put their talents to good use, there is proper guidance today in the form of these football academies.

1. Have Passion For the Game

This is a great ingredient that can propel an individual to achieving his goal of becoming a footballer in Nigeria. Without passion, there will be little to no progress. This point is mentioned here because there are people interested in becoming football players, but are driven by the wrong reasons. One of such reasons is the quest for wealth. If money forms the reason for making you want to become a football player, then it is most likely that you will not achieve your goal of playing for any club of worth.

The right order of things is passion first, then other things follow. Passion can make you endure periods of intense challenges, as they will surely arise. This is where the difference between a passion driven player and a player driven by the wrong reasons is spotted.

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2. Possess Some Basic Skills

Although practice makes perfect, it is advisable that you have some basic skills, and add these to practice. Honing these football skills through constant practice can result in super athleticism and increased form. An exact replica of this is Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid Football Club of Spain. Skills added with constant practice will most likely get you to your desired destination.

3. Be Persistent and Persevere

Persistence in following your passion is very important. All the football stars making impact across the world today all started from humble and obscure beginnings. Perseverance and persistence brought them their current fame. Sometimes, things might seem so difficult that the easiest option will be to quit. But these are the defining moments that present the most opportunity. These moments of trial are what defines a player that will go far in this profession. It will do well to have this basic ingredient as it will help you succeed in becoming a professional football player in Nigeria.

4. Attend a Football Training Academy

If you possess all the above attributes, then it is highly recommended that you attend a football academy where your skills will be polished and put to good use, exposing you to the right audience. It is important to note here that without exposure to the right audience, your dream of becoming a professional football player is likely to hit the rocks! This is a feature that a football  training academy makes available to the aspiring football player.

5. Land a Contract!

This is what will give instant goose bumps to a any aspiring football player in Nigeria. Why? Because it may be the big break! But why use “may”? Because as there are good contracts, there are also bad contracts. These contracts are mostly entered into when the player is being signed on to a Football Club. However, you have to be very careful as some some Nigerian players have found themselves under bondage which is hard to escape from, resulting in their failure to excel. The cause for this contract mess is mostly desperation exhibited by football players to play professional football.

It is therefore advised that before committing to any contract, the services of a lawyer should be hired. The contract document should be read by both the player and the lawyer, with the lawyer interpreting any legal terms that may be contained within the contract, and explaining its implications if they  are good or bad for business.

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45 Comments

  • mustapha May 1, 2018

    Plz i want to be a footballer plz i can play and i have skills. My number is 09082356672

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  • Afolayan Hosea May 5, 2018

    I am interested in playing football and I am very skillful but my parents does not have much to sponsor me. I possess skills which I don’t just want it to perish. I will be highly honoured if you can consider me. Thank you .
    My mobile number is +2347015355420

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  • Bright May 7, 2018

    good day sir,thanks for the information i really appreciate. There gose a saying “every great boy you know now was a poor boy who followed his dream”. I always put the best in me to make it great, as to prevent my dreams becoming my night mere, i do every thing with faith, i also did this with faith. Thanks, bless you

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  • Gambo Isaiah R. May 9, 2018

    Hello sir!my name is Gambo Isaiah, am 25yrs old.Apart from God, football’s what I desired. I want to be a footballer and I need your assistance. Am from poor background as you all know that, not all that glitter are gold believe me. I can make a wonderful football.

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  • Preciousky May 16, 2018

    Thank you very much Sir…..This is really going to help me a lot…….I appreciate.

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  • John ibok May 22, 2018

    Please how would i join you people because love play ball

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    • wisdom uwem September 19, 2018

      My name is wisdom Uwem,
      i have the passion for soccer,
      i am a winger i have dream of becoming a super eagles player that will eventually wear the number 7.
      i love to play for my beloved country and to compete with the world champions please sir/madam i need your help i stay in port harcourt

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  • John ibok May 22, 2018

    Thank you very much sir, i will put all my effort so that he will help me in my future thanks… I appreciate. My numbers is

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  • Joe brens May 22, 2018

    Thanks sir. It means alot to me

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    • John ibok May 22, 2018

      Pls sir how would i contact the sport manager

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  • jeremiah king May 22, 2018

    thanks all of you,,, am also a better footballer, but know body to help me…. i promise who so ever help me…. he or her will be my agent for 3 years….. my number is 08180118878… try me and see

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  • Bayo May 29, 2018

    Football is in me , I know God give me this ,I have dribbling skill, my skill is given by God I’m like Leo , but no one to help . I love football .i don’t just wanna waist this talent I want people to be proud of what God have given to me . And I know he will secure me a helper. 08107089707

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  • Divine June 1, 2018

    I love football it has been my dream to become a professional footballer since when i was a little boy because i could remember my first birthday gift was a ball, but no one to sponsor me i won’t say i have a lot of skills but i just need someone to sponsor me if i can find anyone that we make me achieve ma dreams i will forever be greatful .this is my number 08135189596

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  • NWEKE Collins June 2, 2018

    Hello daddy and mummy am 17 year old am a good player I play in a young star since I was 5years old . I want to be a professional footballer but there is no body to sponsor me I need help to achieve my goal pls if you can help be pls am in need of help pls dad and mum pls I no that you will help me thanks

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  • NWEKE Collins June 2, 2018

    My phone number is 23408077553890 thanks if you help me God must surely help your family in Jesus name

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  • It has be my dream to become a professional football,and help my country in both world cup and nation cup.i won’t say am very skillful.have been in football traning since am 8years of age and now am 19years.been trained by one of the best coach at imota,ikorodu,lagos.thanks for your support ma/sir

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  • olukayode ololade June 8, 2018

    I will like to become a professional footballer cos I have the talent but there is nobody to help

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  • kelvin June 16, 2018

    i need you all to choose people from the street that know how to play well and not from europe

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  • kelvin June 16, 2018

    choose from the street and not europe

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  • FRED FIDELIS EGBE June 18, 2018

    I Have been playing football for years now in local level winning many medal , i need to exploite in it m just 17 years old this is my number always waiting to be connected 08183172059

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  • adejimoh jnr June 20, 2018

    am adejimoh abdulmutalib i have passion for football an i can play it well, i can play many wings such as attacking mildfield,wingers both LFW an RFW…i really need a help to archive my dream of becoming a proffessional player.

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  • Emafolomi Isaiah June 24, 2018

    I love playing football and am really passionate about, am not after the money they pay. Am 23 years of age, am in my final year (last semester), a student of osun state college of technology osco tech, studying Mechanical Engineering. I need someone who will sponsor me through. This is my contact. Thanks

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  • Joel July 13, 2018

    I am very skillfully although football is not all about the skillz but also about intelligence on how to play and am very sure I possess all and I really need a sponsor I really and truly want to play for my country .my num is

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  • Ruona Avwerhe July 15, 2018

    I just saw 2018 world cup pass. And i realized that i want to do what they did, i want to create magic.
    I am a right footer with real speed and stamina and i don’t go down unless i want to… Oh! i also have a friend that is very skilled in the game of football. All i ask for is to be given the chance to create magic… My number is 09074278772 thank you.

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    • Ruona Avwerhe July 15, 2018

      My friend is 19years and 82days old while i am 20years and 8days.

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  • Emmanuel July 25, 2018

    my name is Emmanuel Udorji,iam 18 years old and I wants to become a footballer but I have no one to help me with my career that I love so because of no money,please help me out I hope to hear your feed back,thank you.

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  • MIMINU Abubakar July 27, 2018

    MY name is Abubakar but My friends call me tillyboi due to the fact that I am good at football. well I am not too good but practice they say make perfect. please I have big dreams about becoming a footballer but I my parents dont have a dime to sponsor me through. I do go to nearby field to play with my friends please I need your help I really want to become a footballer

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  • Jennifer chinwendu opara August 15, 2018

    my name is Jennifer chinwendu opara .from IMO state .am so good in football just that I have no helper

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  • Adiel johnson September 9, 2018

    Thank you sir for the information,i want to become a footballer too sir i will realy apreciate it if you can help me, my number is 08188806504. God Will Help As You Consider My Request.

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  • temple September 17, 2018

    I am from Nigeria leave in bayelsa hoping to be a play football I need help 08147493538 my name is temple Raphael ronazee my friends called me Rinazee

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  • Temple September 17, 2018

    am from Nigeria leave in bayelsa praying for hepl as a footballer My name is temple Raphael ronazee

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  • Chukwuebuka September 18, 2018

    Good day sir?. I’m a professional football player. My name is chukwuebuka from surulere Lagos. Sir I really have passion in football. I’m 21years old. I go to practice in National stadium everyday. I would really love to to play in Europe. I have international passport. But I don’t have money to travel. Pls sir help me. God bless you. Here is my number.; 08053481374. Thanks sir I really appreciate.

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  • Jimmy Peter September 24, 2018

    please help me sir! i am a very good goal keeper, i want you to help me achieve my dream, my name is jimmy peter, 08025121140

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  • Silas Osarodion Kennedy October 1, 2018

    Football is my thing.
    I believe in the power of will, and when there is a will there is a way. When the heart is willing it found a thousand ways..
    This is from my heart. I will be a footballer is just a matter of time.
    Top (9) at the making.

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  • Silas Osarodion Kennedy October 1, 2018

    My burning desire is to be a footballer. any body anywhere fill free to contact me once need arises.

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  • Young Prosper November 20, 2018

    My further to be a football. Any one fill to contact me once

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  • chukwudalu igbokwe cletus November 28, 2018

    I have passion for football, just give me one chance and I will make u proud.My name is chukwudalu cletus igbokwe,i live in
    fagbamila street sugo close.my number z 09063717372 pls just give me a try.Thank you and God bless you

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  • kukoyi ayomide December 8, 2018

    Good day sir,I have passion for football,
    just give me one chance and I will make u
    proud.l love to become a great footballer of my country please sir:ayomide by name.

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  • MOMOH Abdul Malik December 23, 2018

    my name is MOMOH Abdul Malik I am about to finish secondary school and I have great love and passion for football. Infact I even represent my school for various competitions .

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  • daniel olowo v December 26, 2018

    My name is daniel olowo v i have a great passion and zest for football i am a good defender, excellent goalkeeper i love football and i want tojoin a football academy graduate and play for manchester united in england but my parents don’t know ’bout it. Please i need help in achieving my goals please help me ilove football so much i will be grateful i am 17 years old

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  • Blessed Isaac January 2, 2019

    Good day sir, am very happy to hear this wonderful information of how to become a good footballer I have them I am talented by God my passion for football is out of this world I need oppotunity sir thanks and God bless you 08166426035

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  • Tolani January 9, 2019

    football have been my life since when i was 5 i truly wish to be a professional footballer i will do anything to become one pls help me my no is 08079860528

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  • ABIODUN January 10, 2019

    please I want to become an agent I will give you little kids with good skills from Nigerian

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  • adebayo adeoye January 10, 2019

    please i love football how can i join you

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  • abdulahi January 11, 2019

    pls I can play football very well I have I knew since my childhood that is my passion pls help me I have tried a lot but I don’t have anybody except god my number is 08110732678

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