Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Nigeria

Amutu’s road to stardom



Ignored by Crown FC and Plateau United because he lacked league experience, Austin Amutu finally got his chance to play lower division football at Mighty Jets.

Amutu’s performance at Jets earned him a transfer to big spenders, Warri Wolves, where he scored goals in Nigeria’s top flight and Caf’s second tier club competition, the Confederation Cup.

In less than two months, the youngster had transformed from an unknown quantity to a famous player among the fans.

That’s the interesting story of an ambitious lad who moved from zero to hero within a short time.

The home fans didn’t wait for too long to know their new hero as he crowned his home debut with a goal against Kwara United after scoring on a road trip.

At Wolves, Amutu rubbed shoulders with the legendary Jude Aneke, who is Nigeria’s all-time scorer.

In fact, Aneke told supersport.com that Amutu is a star destined to shine.

“Amutu is a talented lad. He has the attributes of a great player and has to remain focused.

"I'm not surprised that he has become a key member of the team within a short time," Aneke said to SuperSport.com.

As expected, his five-star outing for Wolves was enough to earn him recognition by the influential League Bloggers Awards (LBA), Nigeria’s leading league awards brand as a rookie.

“It’s great to be nominated for the Rookie of The Year category. I know my time will come one day,” the striker told supersport.com.

Road To Wolves

The journey to Wolves wasn’t easy at all as the youngster managed rejection and remained focused.

“I was sent to the Golden Eaglets camp under Monday Osagie and didn’t make the cut. However, the coach sent me to Crown FC to undergo trials.

“Crown rejected me and I went to Plateau United, where I was also turned back,” he told supersport.com.

Fortune later smiled at Amutu as another Jos-based side, Mighty Jets accepted him.

“My story changed at Jets. Although, we were eventually relegated, I must confess that I had a great time with the club,” he stated.

Indeed, Amutu encountered his destiny at Jets at a time he never realised it.

The forward was on duty for Mighty Jets in a lower division match and Wolves were in Jos for a top flight match against Plateau United.

Like a diligent workman, the young lad gave his best for Jets on matchday, not knowing that scouts from Wolves were on ground to see the match.

That was enough to earn him a deal at the Warri side. Interestingly, he finished the season as the highest goal scorer for Jets.

Caf Confederation Cup

As a rookie, he got a rear chance to play on the continent and didn’t disappoint.

“I’ve always believed in myself and I work hard to achieve my goals,” Amutu told supersport.com.

Another good outing on his continental debut against FC Kallon made him a favourite of the fans.

Amutu scored twice as Wolves hit Black Leopards 3-1 in the competition.

However, it turned out not to be enough as the South Africans won the reverse fixture 2-0 to qualify on away goal rule.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Pre Season Friendly SuperSport H\L - New York Red Bulls v Arsenal
Diving - Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Final
Badminton - Sgl & Doubles QFs
Squash - Men's & Mixed Doubles Qfs & Women's Doubles Sfs Session 2

Sports Talk



Segun Odegbami
Big crisis in Nigerian football
Since the end of the World Cup things have been relatively quiet in most of the African countries...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Football arms race
Those of us old enough to remember the arms race and the cold war years can’t help but feel the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
World Cup refs return home 'battered and bruised'
The World Cup is over for another four years and already the post mortem has started into some...

Sunday Oliseh
What Germany did to become champs
The 2002 Japan and South Korea World Cup saw the Germans lose in the Finals to Brazil, thanks to...

Collins Okinyo
Amrouche is his own worst enemy
Thunder has struck twice with news of Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche being slapped with a...

Claudia Ekai
Save our Stars
First and foremost, it is not all over for Harambee Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations...