Don’t rush abroad, learn the basics first – Ex-Seattle Sounders striker advises young Nigerian players

Former Seattle Sounders, Podgorica, and Balikesirspor striker, Josiah Emmanuel, has called on players plying their trade in the domestic leagues in Nigeria to be grounded and spend some more time in the country before thinking of going overseas.

According to him, this will prepare them for what to face overseas when they finally make their desired moves.

Emmanuel, who is currently back in the Nigeria Professional Football League where he kits up for Imo State club, Heartland, said he decided to return to Nigeria to prepare him better after playing in Europe and the USA.

The player, already attracting offers from clubs outside the country, advised his colleagues to learn the basics here in Nigeria before any “hasty” transfers abroad.

“It’s very important players aspiring to play abroad must first and foremost learn the basics well, get the little exposure needed in any of the leagues in Nigeria be it the NLO, NNL or NPFL before moving out for trials outside the country,” the versatile striker said during a chat with reporters.

“The experience and exposure in Nigeria is vital because it will prepare the players well for the challenges ahead,” he added.

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