Super Eagles And Ajax Defender Calvin Bassey Explains How he Almost Quit Football at 15

Super Eagles And Ajax Defender Calvin Bassey Explains How he Almost Quit Football at 15

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM
  • Calvin Bassey is a Nigerian professional footballer who is currently on the books of Dutch giants Ajax
  • The 22-year-old has recounted how things were hard for him years back and almost quit the game of soccer
  • Bassey stated clearly that it was the call from Leicester City that changed his story in football and gave him the chance

Super Eagles defender who currently plays for Ajax Calvin Bassey has explained that he almost quit football years back when he was a 15-year-old boy before Leicester City offered him a chance.

Calvin Bassey was born in Italy, bu his parents later moved to England where the Nigerian star was hoping to combine his education with football.

In many nations in the world, the target of all parents is to make sure that their children go to schools and come out in flying colours and that was what Bassey's parents wanted.

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Super Eagles and Ajax defender Calvin Bassey says he almost quit football at 15. Photo by Patrick Goosen
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However, things were difficult for Calvin Bassey as his main focus then was to play football and that dream was almost crushed when he was 15.

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According to the report on Soccernet, Calvin Bassey explained that a call from those at Leicester City was the saving grace for his career in football.

Calvin Bassey's statement about his career

“I had already resigned myself to the fact that that opportunity would never come again.
“I decided to focus even more on school and to stop playing football at a club, until that summer suddenly a message came from Leicester City that they had seen me play and they wanted to give me a chance. That took a radical turn. Finally, my dream of becoming a professional football player came closer.”

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Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Muhammad Sanusi, who is the secretary general of the Nigerian Football Federation, has confirmed that the soccer governing body are preparing for Super Eagles to face Portugal.

The tie will be a friendly encounter and it is expected to hold in September which means that Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be facing the Super Eagles.

In history, Cristiano Ronaldo has never played against the Super Eagles on an international level and Nigerian fans will want to see the five-time Ballon d'Or winner in action.

However, there has not been an official communication from the Nigerian Football Federation media department regarding the friendly encounter.

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