by Atilola Oluseyi (1 min read)
THE JOURNEY TO STARDOM for most Nigerian footballers isn’t an easy one. It comes with a lot of difficulties and challenges encountered.
In this series, we will highlight a number of stars who have been able to work their way up from playing in Nigeria, to the highest level of professional football.
Aide Brown Ideye
DOB: October 10, 1988
Brown Ideye started his playing career with Ocean Boys in Bayelsa, Nigeria, in 2006. He won the Nigerian Professional League with the newly-promoted side in 2006, scoring 10 goals during their memorable run.
At 18, he represented the Flying Eagles of Nigeria at the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup in Canada. Despite the team’s less than impressive performances, and eventual quarterfinal exit, Brown caught the attention of top scouts at the tournament, and signed for Swiss Super League club, Neuchatel Xamax in 2008. He scored 30 goals in 61 appearances for the club.
In May 2010, he was part of the Super Eagles travelling squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but did not make an appearance.
He was also a part of the Super Eagles squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, this time playing a key role in the side, and scoring one goal, in the semifinals.
He went on to don the shirts of other well-known clubs in Europe like Dynamo Kyiv, West Bromwich Albion, Olympiacos and Malaga before making a move to China in 2018 joining Tianjin Teda.
Brown Ideye (31) now plays his football for Greek Super League side, Aris Thessaloniki, who he joined in the summer of 2019. He has scored 9 goals in 26 appearances for the club who sit sixth on the league table.
A long Journey to stardom for Aide Brown Ideye.
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