An electric forward with pace, power, a thumping shot and a nose for goal, Brown Ideye emerged on the international scene at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007. He first found his way into the full national team just before the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and did enough impressing of then-coach Lars Lagerback to be included in the squad for the finals.
He did not feature in South Africa, but the 24-year-old has gone from strength to strength in his club career, impressing in Switzerland with Neuchatel Xamax, in France with Sochaux and currently at Dynamo Kyiv, where he has done well enough the last two seasons for several larger clubs to be taking notice of him.
Whether a rumoured move to England materializes, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has already been won over on the forward’s abilities, and Ideye played in all six matches at the successful CAF Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year. He only found the net once, but combined and created well in the nimble, decisive Super Eagles attack. He will be a vital figure in Brazil for a Nigerian team short of world-class attacking options.