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By Arinze Ude  
Ideye in action.
Ideye in action.
The former Nigerian Youth International, Aide Brown Ideye, was born in Lagos on 10 October 1988. He started his career with Ocean Boys of Yenegoa in the Nigerian Premier League. His performance for the one-time NPL Champions earned him a spot in Nigeria’s squad for 2007 World Youth Championship in Canada where he scored just once in five appearances. He was snapped up by Swiss club, Neuchâtel Xamax shortly after the mundial. He went on to play for Sochaux and Dynamo Kiev in France and Ukraine respectively. He was included in the 30-man team for 2010 World Cup and was dropped by coach, Lars Lagerback for the tournament but was subsequently called up after Mikel Obi was ruled out of the competition by a knee injury. Many questioned his inclusion in Keshi’s squad for the 2013 African Nations Cup, he chose to do the talking on the pitch, silencing his critics in the first game, setting up Emenike for Nigeria’s opening goal of the tournament with an exquisite backheel. He’s started every game in South Africa and has a goal to his name, the country’s second against Mali in the Semi-final. He has been pencilled down to lead the line with Emmanuel Emenike in the final on Sunday.

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This article was first published on 10th February 2013


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