Nigerian youngster Aliko Bala is set to make his competitive debut for Slovakian champions, AS Trencin, in their season opener against Ružomberok at the Mestský futbalový štadión Na Sihoti today.
The teenage winger, who joined the Trencin club in June, has been named in the match day squad by Ivan Vrabec.
The winger has told supersport.com of his excitement of joining the AS Trencin set-up.
Bala is already braced for the challenge at the Trencin club and wants to hit the ground running.
“I am very happy with my move to Trencin. I hope to show myself well and to give my best for my new club” the 18-year-old said.
The attacking winger is regarded as a direct replacement for Moses Daddy Simon, who left the club for Belgian side, KAA Gent in January this year.
One man, who worked with Bala on a daily basis while cutting his teeth as a football apprentice at the famed GBS Academy in Jos, Ibrahim Ahmed, spoke of the winger’s talent.
He goes on to state that Bala “is a very big talent with a big future.”
“Aliko is a very big talent with a big future. He’s one of the best we have worked with here at the academy. He is nicknamed Di Maria due to his style, his great pace, amazing dribbles and scoring ability,” said the GBS Academy head of operations.
Bala has been assigned squad number 16 and will team up with his Nigerian compatriots, Kingsley Madu and Rabiu Ibrahim, who have been capped at senior international level.