Sani Emmanuel: From Altar Boy To Football Star
My People FC’s striker Sani Emmanuel believes the best is yet to come…
The story of Golden Eaglets’ Shehu Sani Emmanuel is just like that of Joseph in the Holy Bible, who was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, but later became their saviour when famine struck their land and they had to go to Egypt to buy food to survive.
Unknown to most Nigerians, Emmanuel, who many are beginning to see as the new Daniel “Da Bull” Amokachi, caught the eyes of the coaches of the Golden Eaglets during a friendly match his club, My People FC, played against the Flying Eagles, ahead of the Egypt 2009 World Youth Championship, WYC.
My People FC is a club side sponsored by the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T. B. Joshua.
Emmanuel, an altar boy in the Synagogue, never thought he would one day wear the green and white colours of Nigeria as a footballer in his life.
The Edo-State-born player, after impressing the leader of his church, Pastor T.B. Joshua, with his goal-scoring ability, was given the opportunity to travel out and try his skills in football alongside one of his team-mates, Onazi Ogenyi.
The opportunity paid off as he was signed on and now plays for Bodens BK of Sweden.
The player, who was literally raised in the Synagogue Church, Ikotun Egbe, Lagos, has declared that his best is yet to come.
Nobody would believe that a player, who has spent most part of his life serving God, can make it to the present level of his career, playing for Bodens BK of Sweden and for his country at the FIFA Cadet World Cup.
Emmanuel believes that “there is nothing God cannot do for those who serve Him diligently and pray fervently.
“I believe in the power of prayers, so, whatever I want to do, I always put it to God in prayers and it has been paying off,” he said.
On his role as a super-sub for the Eaglets, he said he never thought of playing as a substitute, because he features regularly for his club, adding that he was surprised when he was handed the bench role by the John Obuh-led technical crew.
He disclosed, however, that he is not worried about his bench role as he would continue to train and play spiritedly, hoping that someday he would break into the first team, an ambition he believes God would allow him to achieve.
Emmanuel said the injury sustained by Omoh Ojabu in their first match against Germany gave him the chance to prove his mettle to the coaches. Since then, he has not looked back.
“Playing as a sub, to any footballer, is not a good story to tell, because you will continue to wonder what the first choice players are doing that you are not doing. However, my thinking is that the coaches know best. As it is now, I’m no longer a sub, but a super-sub, if I must borrow the language of you journalists.”
Taking a glance into the future and what it holds for him, Emmanuel said the sky is his limit, adding that since signing with his new club in Sweden, he is ready to explode and give his best.
The 17-year old player said: “Sweden is a stepping stone for me. I have just signed for Bodens, but I see myself going beyond that place. I only want to use the club to launch my career. I know that other suitors will start seeking and fighting for my signature in the nearest future.”
SOURCE: PM News