Nigerian Nigerian football star Ola Aina was among the Super Eagles players who played at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt winning bronze medal after beating Tunisia.
The 23-year-old defender in 2017 decided to play for Nigeria despite representing England in youth levels. He played five games for Nigeria at the 2019 Nations Cup and Ola Aina’s back-heeled assist against Burundi earned him praises from fans home and abroad.
"He was meant to sign for Tottenham," his father said. "They had him over for about three weeks, then on the day he was supposed to sign, they kept acting funny. As a big Spurs fan, it was heartbreaking. Luckily, Chelsea officials were still calling us daily, so we decided, ‘Why not go where you are wanted?’"
But the celebrations were short-lived, as the family desperately rallied around to try and make Ola’s dream possible.
His parents often worked several jobs. At one time, his mother Esther had four just to put food on the table for her four sons – Michael, Ola – the second born, Jordan and Benjamin.
When Ola started playing with Chelsea, they would pick him up in their shabby car from training after their work shifts, getting back home just before midnight.
Ola would be up for school again the next morning.
Aina who made his first-team debut for Chelsea in July 2014 in a pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon revealed how his parents helped him to become a successful footballer.