Former Bendel Insurance star Victor-Banks Otabor has confirmed that his son, Birmingham City midfielder Viv Efosa Solomon-Otabor, will train with the Flying Eagles in January ahead of the African Youth Championship.
And he has nothing but praise for Solomon-Otabor for committing his international future to Nigeria, saying he’s very fanatical about the Africa powerhouse even though he was born in England.
”He has been invited but I don’t think Birmingham City have received an invitation letter yet. The Secretary told us the invitation letter is on the way, without the letter he can’t make the trip,” says Victor-Banks Otabor to SL10.ng.
”Foreign professionals will be in camp in January. The credit has to go to Viv, he’s passionate about representing his father’s country.
”He is fanatical about Nigeria. Whether he plays for England or Nigeria, I’m the winner. He supports Nigeria very well, I only need to guide him.”
18-year-old Viv Efosa Solomon-Otabor is looking forward to the trip to Nigeria next month, and he still has fond memories of the country in a football sense.
”The last time I came to Nigeria, I was 14. I was invited to train with Kwara Football Academy by my uncle, (late(late) Thompson Oliha.
”I’m happy to finally know when I will be heading to Nigeria. I am happy about attending the camp, and my club will let me honour the call-up when the invitation is sent,” Solomon-Otabor added.
Before hanging up his boots, Solomon-Otabor’s dad played for Bendel Insurance, NNPC and Eagle Oil.
He also represented the famous Hussey College Warri and Western Boys High School Benin – City in the Principals Cup.