When the news first broke that Babatunde Micheal, a Nigerian international was moving to the Albanian first division, many took it with a pinch of salt. Today, the city of Lac, home ground of KF Laci, is littered with empty bottles after a night of frenzy and celebration following the confirmation that an Eagle has finally landed.
Babatunde Michael is no small name in world football. A player that was once courted by FC Barcelona, a star that was admired and scouted by PSG in Paris and the shining light of Nigeria’s 2014 world cup exploit.
At the mention of his name in Casablanca Morocco, dead bones rose and danced. That city will not forget in a hurry his legacies. The fans of Raja composed a song in his name and painted the streets red after he dazzled them with flair and brilliance, scoring 15 goals in 25 matches in the 2015-2016 League season.
He followed that up with 23 goals in 40 matches in the Qatari league where he shone like a million stars for Qatar FC between 2016 and 2018.
In 2018, the people of Morocco demanded to see more and Micheal succumbed to their passionate plea as he returned to the land of Atlas lions, to join Widad Athletic Club where he notched in 13 goals in 38 matches.
At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the world rose to salute one of Nigeria football best talents as Baba dazzled beyond imagination but got injured in that group stage defeat to Argentina, a match that ended his world cup journey rather abruptly.
Today, he has again put pen to paper with a modest side called KF Laci in far away Albania, ready to once again make a huge point and write his name in the sands of time.