Nigeria's unstoppable run to the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 has been due in part to the likes of their seven-goal hero Macauley Chrisantus and captain Lukman Haruna. But there are many players at coach Yemi Tella's disposal in the Golden Eaglets' nest, who have been unsung heroes.
Among them is their right-winger King Osanga. Although he has not scored a goal nor recorded an assist yet, which is surprising given his eye-catching performances during the Eight-Nations tournament in June, the 16-year-old has been a consistent threat to the other teams he has faced so far.
However, the unsung hero of Nigeria does not seem to care much about the spotlight. "Football is all about winning," he told FIFA.com. "As long as I can help the team to win games, that's good enough for me."
Affectionately called as 'Slim' by his team-mates, the diminutive midfielder has seen his team going through a couple of difficult matches so far: "The Colombia game in the Round of 16 and the semi-final against Germany were the toughest ones. But we always try to focus on the game, and have come up with good results."
Now the Nigerians are only one game away from winning the trophy, and Osanga is not thinking about anything else. "Our team work has been the most important factor of our success, and if we can keep up the pace it will be very easy for us to be on the top."
The Spanish await
Even so, the Akwa United starlet knows that his side will face an uphill battle against the Spaniards, who are aiming to win the world crown for the first time. "Spain are a very good team," Osanga admitted. "They have reached this stage for a reason, and we cannot underestimate them, even if their No9 (Bojan) is out and his absence would be very harsh for them."
For his part, Osanga is ready to make sacrifices for his team. "In fact, my favourite position is central midfielder with an offensive role," said the versatile winger who has played four times in this tournament. "But I'm willing to play in any part as we already have good midfielders in the centre."
Despite this polite attitude, his peculiar name sounds as if he was a leader of the all-conquering Nigerians. "It's just a Christian name," he explains. "There's no special meaning in it but my parents decided to call me 'King' because my grandfather was a traditional ruler of a region in my country."
Then how King would feel if he could lift the trophy after Sunday's final in Seoul? "It would be great to be the champions on Asian soil. We all hope to win the game, and become the kings of the world. I know it won't be easy. But this is football and anything can happen."