Sadiq Ismael: Everything About the New Super Eagles Invitee

21-year-old Sadiq Ismael earned his first Super Eagles call-up by coach Finidi George for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin Republic. Here’s your guide to the young talent set to make an impression with the three-time African champions....Read The Full Story Here ▶

Who is Sadiq Ismael?

Ismael is a defender who plays for NPFL side Remo Stars.

Born in Ogbomosho, the talented right-back has been instrumental in Remo Stars’ rise to the top of the NPFL table this season.

Ignored for AFCON 2023

Despite his impressive performances, he was overlooked by former Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

His remarkable attacking prowess from the defense has made him a standout player in the NPFL and a key factor in Remo Stars’ successful season.

His exclusion from the AFCON squad raised eyebrows among fans and analysts alike.

Which position does play?

Ismael is a wing-back known for his strong passing range, crossing ability, and assists.

His style of play has been compared to former Barcelona player Dani Alves and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

What sort of player is he?

Proficient in both defense and offense makes him a valuable asset.

He is particularly skilled in providing support for star forwards, and the likes Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface will benefit greatly from his selection.

His well-rounded skill set, consistency, durability, and minimal history of injuries or suspensions highlight his reliability as a key player.

This season, he has registered 10 assists for Remo Stars.

Ismael’s reaction to being called up

The defender expressed his excitement on social media, writing on X:
“I’m thrilled to receive my first national team call-up! I’m eager to give my all and make a strong contribution.
“I am most grateful and thanks to the @thenff and the coaching crew of the @NGSuperEagles for the opportunity.”

With his inclusion, coach Finidi George hopes to bolster the Super Eagles’ chances of securing a World Cup ticket, aiming to avoid the disappointment of missing out on the 2022 Qatar tournament.

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