Kennedy “Kenny” Otigba, a little-known Nigerian defender, has exposed that he turned down the possibility to play for Barclays English Premier League club, Liverpool in 2012.
Birthed 21 years back, Otigba has taken pace to develop himself as one of the best rising celebrities in the game and has even been capped five times by Hungary at Under-21 level.
Otigba, who is still qualified to play nigeria at the senior team, is now on the books of Eredivisie club, SC Heerenveen. He has actually made 11 league appearances and scored two times for the club this campaign.
Otigba claims he rejected a chance to feature for Liverpool in 2012 but admits he would like to play in England in the future, once he’s better developed.
“My mom told me to go to Liverpool but my agent was more realistic. He said the Dutch school is better than the English,” Otigba told Voetbal International.
“English football has always been my dream,” he said.
Trained by renowned Dutch forward, Marco van Basten at Heerenveen, he has become a first-team player this season.
On a global level, Otigba rejected a call-up from the Hungarian Under-21 group on Wednesday by claiming he wishes to concentrate on club football. This news came as a shock in Hungary as he has actually currently played numerous times for the Under-21 group this year.
It will certainly be pleasant to the ears of the nigeria Football Federation (whose officials have kept an eye on the progress of the defender in the past) and head coach of the Nigeria nationwide team, Stephen Keshi, who continues his “rebuilding project” at speed.
The youngster qualifies to play for the Super Eagles via his dad who comes from Kaduna State, in Nigeria.