We all could recollect how Nigeria did remarkably in 2007 Under 17 World cup, they won the Final thwarting Spain on penalties. A young assailant who had tremendous talents with the ball was the hottest boy in town by then. He was just 16 but did so competently with his height having an eye for goals that propelled Nigerians to begin believing he was an excellent replacement for Obafemi Martins and Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
But today his name could barely be remembered because all the fantasies and expectations have been flushed down the drain as people marvel where he is now.
Chrisantus was the hero scoring 7goals in 7 matches in the 2007 Under 17 tournament and won the silver ball and golden boot, Ransford Osei won the silver boot while Toni kroos won the bronze boot. They were the best 3 performers in the competition.
Toni Kroos is now one of the biggest players in Real Madrid and has won several champions league and Super cup medals while Chrisantus on the other hand is yet to win a single souvenir and has already played for 13 clubs.
The Under 17 World cup also enlisted fresh players like Eden Hazard, Danny Welbeck, Danny Rose, and David De Gea who were not known at the tournament but are now making great impacts in their various clubs and countries while Chrisantus never got the buzzer to play for Super Eagles.
He is presently 29 years old and playing for Hetten, a club in the Saudi Arabian Football league which implores to wonder what could have been the issue of the player not living up to his vast potential.
Was it that the NFF (Nigerian Football Federation) could not follow up and organize their promising stars or it was the fault of the player, who could not struggle hard to make a name for himself in the top leagues after his outstanding performance 13yrs go.