23-year old Michael Babatunde has been voted the best player in Morroco following a fruitful four months spell with Raja Casablanca in the Brotola league.
The Super Eagles attacking midfielder has dedicated his award to the late former Nigeria captain and coach, Stephen Keshi, who passed on Wednesday after suffering from cardiac arrest.
Babatunde speaking from Morocco said the former Eagles coach was one standout individual who gave him a chance to shine and never stopped believing in him.
CompleteSportsNigeria.com reports that Babatunde expressed mixed feelings on the death of the former super eagles coach, saying it’s heartbreaking for him because Keshi was more than just a coach to him.
In his words;
“I won this award hours before his death and I’m dedicating it to him for all he did for me.
“He handed me my debut for the senior national team and inspired me to shine at the 2014 World Cup and ever since Keshi had always kept me on my toes to do more. He gave most young players the belief to play in the Super Eagles.
“My steady rise is down to most of his advice on how well I can be better off the pitch. He remains my hero.”
Michael Babatunde, who scored four goals and provided 11 assists in 14 games for his club (Raja Casablanca) recently made a mouthwatering move to Qatari side SC Qatar.
Babatunde joined the second-tier Qatar side from Raja Casablanca which he joined in January 2016, from Ukraine side Dnipro. People are of the opinion he joined the relegated side because of the money but Babatunde says he was drawn to the club because of their vision.
The Nigerian international midfielder represented Nigeria at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.