At mid 2000s, several young Nigerian players or “wonder-kid” appeared and were expected to become big players. But they were unable to meet the expectations. Besides Chrisantus Macaulay, Ezekiel Bala, Sani Emmanuel, Stanley Okoro and Ganiyu Oseni, another name that fails to shine next is Rabiu Ibrahim.
This Nigerian player is a product of the youth development in Abuja. He featured for Nigeria at the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup in South Africa. Well, at that time Ibrahim was considered to be shining as the Golden Eaglets won the tournament.
The player who was physically similar to Austin Jay Jay Okocha has an extraordinary talent. He has speed, skill, and creativity. Moreover, Rabiu Ibrahim can also play several offensive positions. Yet, he usually assigned as a winger or attacking midfielder, and even played as a second striker.
He was described as a “smart” and “sharp” player who was able to score goals and create opportunities for his team-mates.
But unfortunately, during his debut season in the main squad of Sporting CP, he failed to make any appearance for the Portuguese club.
He was released to PSV. The Dutch club initially thought they were getting a windfall as a talented wonder-kid who was predicted to be the ‘Okocha’ joined them. But after a season, PSV fans realized that they could not expect much from the player.
After one season and making 2 appearances at PSV, Ibrahim arrived at Celtic couldn’t get playing time. At Kilmarnock, the struggling spree continued.
The player who had strengthened the Nigerian national team for 5 times has once recovered his career with AS Trencin. Together with the Slovakian club, Rabiu Ibrahim showed the best performance of his life, scoring 10 goals in 46 matches.
Ibrahim chose to move to Belgium in 2016. He accepted the KAA Gent offer.
Gent fans began to think that Ibrahim was actually not special. He only collected 4 appearances. The playmaker’s name was slowly sinking. His contribution was considered not in accordance with his flashy experience in Slovakia.
The player who is now 30 years old has a rich collection of 10 trophies in Europe.
Since being a player who was expected to be the next Okocha, Ibrahim is now playing in the obscure Slovakian Super Liga with Slovan Bratislava in his productive age. His career is coming down as he could not meet people’s expectations.