19 year old Roma forward Sadiq Umar has won the hearts of so many Nigerians with his impressive performances for the Nigeria Under-23s at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics.
Umar has two goals from Nigeria’s two opening games of the tournament, which has lead to questions about how and when he was snapped up by Roma.
Here’s 13 facts you need to know about the young striker…
1. Sadiq was born in Kaduna, the state capital of Kaduna State in north-western Nigeria.
2. Although he is nicknamed “New Kanu” by the press in Nigeria, he is however known as “Jololo” in Kaduna where he grew up due to his lanky nature and languid style of play while growing up.
3. His late father Umar Abubakar was a former player of local Kaduna side, Ranchers Bees and is well known around Kaduna as “MEGA” until he passed away last month.
4. 19 year old Sadiq, stands at an impressive height of 6 foot,four inches (1.92m).
5. Sadiq started his career at Future of Africa Academy in Kaduna before moving to Football College Abuja, where he was spotted by Serie B side Spezia.
6. Sadiq finished as top scorer in the Primavera in his first season at Spezia- scoring 14 goals in his first 18 Primavera games but ended the season with 23 goals from 21 games.
7. He joined Roma on a season long loan deal last summer and the Serie A side exercised the option of making his contract permanent this summer for a fee reportedly in the region of £2.5m.
8. He made his first team debut for Roma in the Serie A clash against Bologna, replacing Juan Iturbe with two minutes left to play in the 2-2 away draw.
9. He has two goals from six Serie A games for Roma, scoring in the 3-3 draw against Chievo and the 2-0 win over Genoa.
10. He has however found games hard to come by since Rudi Garcia was replaced by Luciano Spalleti, with just one minutes of Serie A football since January the 24th of January 2016.
11. He ended up the season for the Primavera side of Roma with 23 goals in all competitions with 18 coming in the league and five in the UEFA Youth League.
12. Despite spending just over a year in Italy, he speaks, reads and understand Italian fluently, which is surprising considering he didn’t go beyond secondary school in Nigeria.
13.His closest friend till date still remains his childhood friend Nura Abdullahi, a right back who happens to be his teammate at everywhere he has played even at Roma, but he is presently injured.