By: Oma Akatugba
Inside the Radisson Blu Hotel in Wroclaw, Poland where the Nigerian national team, The super eagles stayed for their international friendly match, was a polish man named Raphael. He was sitting at a corner in the lobby of the hotel, with pictures of players of the Nigerian national team spread on the table in front of him, like the newspaper vendor in Lagos Nigeria. This drew my attention, and I approached him to find out exactly what he was doing.
I asked him what he was doing? And he said “I am looking for players of the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles to sign their autographs on these pictures I have in front of me”
‘How many players have given you their autographs so far’ I asked.
“I have collected the signature of the following players: Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa, Onazi Ogenyi and the manager Gernot Rohr”.
Raphael goes around, collecting autographs from top footballers around the world for his son.
“I am collecting these autographs for my son, he is 16 years old, he is a collector of many autographs from all over the world, especially in the polish first-class team. But of course, we are collecting from other players worldwide, like Nigeria, Germany, Czech Republic and many more”