Si­a­sia: Umar a star in the mak­ing

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Nige­ria U-23 coach Sam­son Si­a­sia has hailed the po­ten­tials of AS Roma’s Sadiq Umar and be­lieves he would some­day be­come a su­per striker for Nige­ria.

The 19-year for­ward is ex­pected to rep­re­sent the coun­try in Rio Olympics and the for­mer Su­per Ea­gles han­dler says with the qual­ity Umar has shown dur­ing the Dream Team VI’ train­ing ses­sion, Umar would be­come an im­por­tant fig­ure in the Su­per Ea­gles team in the fu­ture.

“From what I have seen from this young man’s game, he is a star in the mak­ing,” Si­a­sia told Goal.

“He will be­come a su­per striker if he is dis­ci­pline and con­tin­ues to be hard work­ing. He is also a good boy.”

Coach Si­a­sia also com­mis­er­ates with him on the demise of his father on Fri­day after a long bat­tle with di­a­betes.

“Sadiq Umar told me when he came to camp last week about his dad be­ing sick and that was why he came late to camp,” he continued.

“He also said that he was get­ting bet­ter. We, the coaches of this team were get­ting to know the kind of player he is. He came to me and said he needed to go back to Nige­ria be­cause his daddy died and I can see tears on his face.

“I re­ally feel so bad for the young man. He looks like a young man that’s go­ing through a lot in his life and ca­reer. He will be back as soon as he can. May his father’s soul rest in peace,” he concluded.

Nige­ria U-23 bowed 1-0 to Mex­ico in Sun­day’s in­ter­na­tional friendly as the team step up prepa­ra­tion for next month’s Olympics Games.

Roma's Umar Sadiq (L) cel­e­brates after scor­ing against Chievo Verona.

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