Friday Feb 05, 2016. 08:51
Striker Chisom Chikatara is an obvious choice as Nigeria’s biggest revelation at CHAN 2016 to put him in good stead to battle the likes of Watford star Odion Ighalo as the country’s top striker.
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The country is blessed with several top strikers based in Europe like Ighalo, Anthony Ujah and Victor Anichebe, while youngsters Taiwo Awoniyi and Victor Osimhen are waiting on the wings.
Chikatara’s four goals at CHAN included a hat-trick against Niger, when he came off the bench to sink the robust-playing West Africans.
His first goal against Niger was top class – he chested down a long searching ball from Osas Okoro from the right, before he fired home into the roof of the net.
His goals have already earned him a lucrative move to Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and a lot more is expected of the ‘Kolanut boy’.
He has great technique, top-class positioning and he is full of dare.
But at only 21, he is far from the finished article and a move abroad will most certainly polish his rough edges.
Going to Rwanda, Chikatara was the second-choice striker behind Tunde Adeniji, but when the Sunshine Stars striker struggled to fire in front of goal, he was elevated.
He therefore took his chance when it came and has not looked back since.
Last season, he scored 13 goals for Abia Warriors in the league, four goals behind top scorer Gbolahan Salami.