Former Nigerian forward Jonathan Akpoborie has revealed he helped saved young Super Eagles prospect Sunday Faleye from “going astray”, in the latter’s formative years.
Akpoborie told www.brila.net that Faleye, who was discovered in an amateur competition, showed potential.
“However, he’s was young and didn’t have the support structure to help him financially,” Akpoborie said.
“A friend of mine who ran an local team helped provide accommodation for the boy; because at the time he was almost going astray.
“His parents were already considering sending him off to work and make money for the family.
“Later, we helped him get a spot in Shooting Stars and Today he is in Austria.”
During his time with 3SC, Faleye represented Nigeria at the African Nations Championship in Morocco last year.
Unfortunately, he suffered an injury during the competition and sat out the final, which Nigeria lost.
Subsequently, he was caught in the middle of an ownership and transfer imbroglio between his academy and 3SC, when he was on the verge of joining NPFL side Akwa United.
But in 2019, the 20 year-old joined Austrian side FC Wacker Innsbruck.