Gil Vicente recently signed Nigerian teen duo of Zaidu Sanusi and Collins Nomso but no many knew the proposed transfer would have fallen through for one of the players who picked up a mysterious injury upon his arrival in Portugal.

Zaidu popularly called “Nigerian Bale” due to similarities in his style of player with that of Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale almost missed out on the chance due to an unspecified leg injury.


Prior to his trip to Portugal for trails with Gil Vicente there was a tug of war between two rival teams claiming ownership of the 18 year old who was playing football in a local suburb in Birnin Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi State in Nigeria.

He was spotted and brought to Kaduna by an academy (name withheld) not long before scouts of Gil Vicente came around and spotted him in a tournment organised by another academy (name withheld) in Kaduna.

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The drag over who owns the economic rights of the player was won by the academy that organised the tournament from which the scout spotted the young Zaidu but it didn’t go down well with the losing academy.

18 year old Zaidu, comfortable as a full back or winger got struck by a strange ailment on his left foot a day after his first training session with Gil Vicente.

Tests were carried out on the foot and to the surprise of many the doctors didn’t see anything wrong in the foot and while he can walk freely with it off the pitch once he steps on the pitch it is almost impossible for him to walk.

He spent two weeks in Portugal without training and almost lost out on the deal were it not for a Ghanaian scout Jonas who convinced Gil Vicente to sign him explaining to them that vodoo from Africa is probably the reason for his strange ailment.

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Zaidu signed the dotted line and immediately started making remarkable progress to the extent of playing in test games for the B team without suffering any relapse.

*Ahmed Ishaya