Benjamin Ikwulono: A Star Shining Through Mavlon FC Illuminating Football Landscape

Benjamin Ikwulono: A Star Shining Through Mavlon FC Illuminating Football Landscape

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By Our Correspondent

Mavlon FC will continue to be a hub of football talents in Nigeria, as the modest NLO side has discovered another rare football gem in 8 years old wonder-kid, Benjamin Ikwulono.

Watching him dazzling the ball in the midst of other footballers far older than him indicates his rich knowledge and skills in the round leather game.

He was discovered by Mavlon’s chief scout, Raymond Hassan in Abuja, but due to the fact he is still very young, the management of Mavlon FC decided to register the kid with Derby Football Academy of Abuja for development of the young prodigy.

He is to be in Abuja where his parents reside and be undergoing his football development with Derby Academy, but whenever schools are on break, he comes to Lagos, to and join his team Mavlon FC to continue to learn the Mavlon philosophy

It was part of his developmental process that made him feature for Mavlon Fc against AJ United in a friendly game that ended 10-0 in favour of his side on Saturday.

Now the cruz of the matter is not just the friendly game, but the confidence of an 8 years old playing among U-15 boys, the age gap is quite wide, but his footballing prowess outweighs his age.

Benjamin Ikwulono

It was a beauty to behold this diamond, scoring a goal and creating an assist after coming in as a second half substitute. His style of football depicts speed, skills, and strength, very similar to that of Kyalian Mbappe, the French football star, who plies his trade with PSG in the French Ligue 1.

Amazingly, the shouts of ‘Mbappe’ rings the air whenever the ball was in his possession during the friendly game. His calmness before scoring his goals and his visionary passing skills are all the hallmarks of a future football star.

It is hoped that the potential “Little Mbappe” has demonstrated will be developed and nurtured as his years roll by into teenage and adulthood.

In less than three years, Mavlon Fc has developed some notable young football talents in Nigeria.

Golden Eaglets duo of Charles Agada and Cletus Simon, Salim Fago, Flying Eagles striker and Israel Ayuma that both plies their trade with Istra 1961 of Croatia and Shedrack Kaye of Debrecen are some of the products of Mavlon Fc.

Others are highly gifted goalkeeper Friday James Samuel, who is billed to join Charlton Athletic when he clocks 18 years old and Caleb Ochedikwu, who is on the verge of finalising a deal with another European top division club.

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