Who Is Junior Lokosa, The Surprise Name On Nigeria’s World Cup List?

Who is Lokosa? That is the question many Nigerians have been asking since the name appeared on Gernot Rohr’s 30-man provisional World Cup list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Russia next month. 

Lokosa is currently topping the goal scoring chart of the Nigerian Premier League with 18 goals in 21 games.

Lokosa is now five goals away from breaking the 23-goal mark set by Mfon Udoh in the 2013/2014 season.

He is the first ever player to score in six consecutives league games; and if he is only at 50% efiiciency in the second half of the season, he would become the most prolific player ever in the history of the Nigerian league.

Lokosa has come a long way to reach this point; and whether or not he makes the final World Cup list, he can be proud of his modest achievements, knowing how difficult the journey has been.

He joined Kano Pillars from Lagos-based First Bank Football club in 2017 and scored on his Pillars debut against Niger Tornadoes.

 

But why, by the way, are we needing to introduce to the public the highest goal scorer of the country’s Premier League? Why did we need a provisional Super Eagles World Cup list to take notice of Lokosa? This in itself is bad advertisement for the league; but then, Lokosa’s latest feat is nothing but good advertisement for the same league: the feeling, among the younger footballers, that no matter how long it takes, excelling in the league will someday be noticed even if it looks like taking forever.

Lokosa has come a long way to reach this point; and whether or not he makes the final World Cup list, he can be proud of his modest achievements, knowing how difficult the journey has been.

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