Young centre back Joshua Akpudje was in action for the full game as MFM FC were in action against Remo Stars on Wednesday and won 1-0 to extend their lead at the top of Group A of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Making your full debut comes with a degree of pressure but making a full debut to fill in for the ever present skipper come with an added load of expectation.
The young center back was however not fazed by the daunting task and played the entire duration like he had always been a member of the first eleven keeping out the ever impressive duo of Victor Mbaoma and Ekene Awazie of Remo Stars.
A lad blessed with the physique matching his role and an understanding of the game far above his age, it would only be a matter of time before clubs around the globe begin to pour in request for the lad that has been referred to by the gaffer and several other scouts as a raw diamond with frightening potentials.
Hopefully his performance against Remo Stars on Wednesday would have earned him a run in the team in the absence on the skipper who is currently nursing an injury and Joshua was very clear in his post match chat that it was an opportunity he would be making the most of.
He said, “I am grateful to the boss for believing in me to replace our captain who picked an injury in the last game and I would be looking to make the most of the opportunity to repay the faith he showed in me and also secure my place in the starting eleven.”