After disappointingly being cut from the final Nigeria team at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations earlier in the year, young defender Solomon Kwambe has been included in the Super Eagles' squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.
The 19-year-old is one of several Nigerian-based players that coach Stephen Keshi picked for his trip to Brazil - staying true to the approach he already chose for South Africa. Kwambe, who plays as right back but enjoys going forward, has few problems in recovering when he is needed in defence.
He first played for his national team as an 18-year old when he played against Niger. His second game for the West Africans was in a Nations Cup warm-up match against Venezuela. Kwambe, who likes the style of Spanish international Sergio Ramos and tries to emulate him, started his senior career with Plateau United before being signed by Sunshine Stars.
Prior to embarking on his career though, he had to go against the wishes of his uncle, who adopted him after his father died when he was still very young. His family wanted him to become a medical doctor, but his heart was set on becoming a footballer. Luckily for Nigerian football he managed to get his way and the talented youngster, who is looking towards a great future with the Super Eagles, is bound to be snapped up by a European club soon.