Governor Yahaya Bello and NewDirection Team in the Confluence Stadium Lokoja

In the mid-1980s, former Nigeria captain Stephen Keshi spearheaded a mass exodus of Nigerian footballers to Belgium in search of greener pastures. Then if you were a Nigerian footballer and you weren’t plying your trade in Belgium, you weren’t regarded as a ‘big boy’ player in the country.

That was the era when star players like AdemolaAdeshina, YisaShofoluwe, EtimEsin, Austin Eguavoen, NdubuisiOkosieme, Christopher Nwosu, Daniel Amokachi, Celestine Babayaro, Sunday Oliseh, Victor Ikpeba, Precious Monye, KayodeKeshinro and several others lit up the Belgian scene.