THE GUY ON GREEN (By Peter Orok)


– He lost his mother at a young age

– His father lost his job 3 months after he lost his wife

– He sold pure water on the streets of Lagos

– He was rejected by many clubs but today is one of the BEST players in the world and it started with 15 MINUTES!

He was barely 13 when he lost his mum and as if that wasn’t enough, 3months after losing his mum, his father lost his job.

His father losing his job meant them moving from a 2 bedroom flat to a SELF CONTAIN, now imagine 8 people living in a self-contained apartment.


He was the last of 7 kids but he didn’t get the special treatment given to “Last Borns” in Nigerian homes.

He rather joined his elder siblings in hustling to make sure they survived, he hawked “Pure water” along Ojota road, Lagos State.


His siblings sold newspapers & sold oranges on the street, it was a family united in making sure they survived.

He lived in one of Lagos state’s biggest refuse dump sites in Olusosun but that didn’t stop the young boy from dreaming, in fact, he dreamt big!


His father wanted him to become a doctor but he dropped out of school to pursue his dream of becoming a footballer and his father supported him.

He played street football and was a youth player of the then Ultimate Strikers Academy, but he never played.


In 2014 at age 16 he went for the Nigeria Under-17 team screening held in Abuja by coach Amuneke.

More than 200 players were at the Abuja stadium and they were given 15 MINUTES to impress.

In 15 MINUTES he scored 2 goals!


It wasn’t enough as the tired Amuneke sent him and the others away.

But as they left, he heard Nigeria’s team doctor telling the coach Amuneke to try out “The Guy on Green”

Coach Amuneke turned and called out “The guy on green!!!”, he turned because he wore green, ran back and the coach teased him saying, “You no dey chop? Why you lean like this, sit down?”.


And that was how he got selected into the Under-17 WC team, he later went on to win the following;

• 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup
• 2015 FIFA U-17 Golden Boot (Highest Goal Scorer)
• 2015 FIFA Silver shoe award (Second Best Player)

Then the European bigs clubs came calling.


On January 5th, 2017 he signed for the German club, Wolfsburg and was supposed to start living life right, but it got tougher for him.

The coach that brought him to Germany got sacked and he got injured on his right knee and had to be operated on 3 different times.


After surgery, he started training to get fit, while training he had a shoulder injury that needed another surgery.

After surgery, he came back to Nigeria to be with his family and get fitter before returning to Germany. He got better and even went to church for Thanksgiving but…


He was about to travel back to Germany, he had his bags packed when he woke and found himself in a hospital bed in Lagos.

Wolfsburg thought he didn’t want to come back for pre-season and asked for a doctor’s report and pictures which he did.

He was diagnosed with malaria and typhoid.

He got better, traveled back to Wolfsburg and for 3wks he was quarantined away from the team.

Wolfsburg decided to loan him and he agreed because he wanted to play football, he even decided to play for the lower division of the German league but a top Belgian side came for him.

ZULTE WAREGEM in Belgium wanted him on loan, so he went to train with them, they tested him and found out he still had malaria but the coach told him to keep training.

For 3wks he trained, and scored goals in training and the coach promised him, the club would sign him.

Finally an escape route but on the eve of the day he would be signed, his agent was called and told he wasn’t needed again.

He went to Wolfsburg who relegated him to the Under-19 team to train so he could be fit to be loaned out later.

Whilst training, another club called.

It was the Belgian Champions CLUB BRUGGE, He was happy and went to Belgium where he passed his medicals and the team doctor told him it was left for the club president to make the move official.

The deal was never made official as Club President turned down the deal.
He was broken!!

He went back to Germany where he would wake up by 4 am to cry, he told his agent not to worry about any transfer again to allow him to stay and fight for his place in Germany.

On a Wednesday morning, 5days to the closure of the European transfer market, he got another call.

It was a call from another Belgian Club, this time CHARLEROI FC, a voice introduced himself as the Club president and told him “Can you come to Charleroi, I want to sign you”

He left for Belgian on road with his agent and they spent 7 hours, when he got to Belgian…HE GOT SIGNED

For a player that hasn’t scored a goal in 2yrs of turning pro. He scored 20 goals in 36 appearances for the club and later left to join French Club Lille.

He went to France and scored 18 goals making him a fan favorite among the Lille faithful but that was just the start of his story.

Italian giants, Napoli FC broke their transfer record to make him the most expensive African player when they paid Lille $96M (N39.7Billion).

And just yesterday he led Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years breaking all sorts of records along the way.

He’s now the African with the Most Goals scored in a single Serie A season breaking Samuel Eto’s record.
Might take home the Seria A golden boot.

He is one of the hottest top prospects in world football at the moment

Dream big and never stop trying.

By Peter Orok


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