Former Super Eagles striker Chinedu Obasi revealed that he was one of the boys of the ball during the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Nigeria.
Obasi, 33, publicized this during a live Instagram session on Brila FM.
Nigeria was given the right to host the 1999 U-20 World Cup, making it the second African country to host the tournament after Tunisia in 1977.
The Flying Eagles reached the quarterfinals of the competition before losing 3-1 to Mali, inspired by Seydou Keita.
Spain, with names like Xavi Hernandez, Iker Casillas and Gabri, won the tournament.
“I was a ball boy during the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Nigeria.
"I was giving balls to players like Joseph Yobo and Pius Ikedia, and a few years later I was playing in the final of the competition (2005 U20 World Cup)."
Obasi, who was a member of the Eagles' team at the African Nations Cup and World Cup both in 2010, predicted a bright future for the current team.
He added: “The future of the national team is bright because we have a lot of young players coming.
“Players like (Victor) Osimhen, (Samuel) Chukwueze, (Wilfred) Ndidi, these guys are doing great. They are good players and have the potential to be great, we just have to get the structures right. "
Obasi was highlighted by artists such as Schalke 04, Hoffenheim, Lyn Oslo, AIK, Shenzhen and Elfsborg.
On January 21, 2019, Obasi signed a one-year contract with AIK, his third term at the Stockholm club.
He helped Nigeria win silver at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cups and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
After the end of the U-20 World Cup, Obasi was called up by the Eagles for the first time on August 17, 2005, in a 1-0 friendly victory against
He had a chance to represent Norway's national football team during his career at the club, but he declined.
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