Super Eagles prospect Alhassan Yusuf was impressive as Royal Antwerp featured in the Belgian Pro League on Sunday.

The defensive midfielder was impressive as the homers won 1-0 against determined Waregem.

Nicknamed the Nigerian Kante, the hardworking lad played full throttle for Antwerp.

It was the second game of the league season for the IFK Gothenburg ace.

Born in 2000, Kano, Nigeria, the path to European football is not an immediately obvious one. In the central north of the country, the city has long been documented as a site of Christian and Muslim co-habitance. Not always a peaceful one either.

At 5’7″ he is rarely anything other than the shortest player in the centre of the park. Rather than be overburdened by a height disadvantage however, Yusuf has learned to use it to his advantage.

Yusuf was spotted by the Tiki Taka Development Group as a youngster in Nigeria. The Swedish-based academy set up a Nigerian wing of their operation in the last decade. Working with grassroots clubs and players, the academy’s aim was to provide coaching infrastructure for young Nigerians to forge a career in European football.


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