By Eche Amos
Solomon Omale is a Nigerian footballer who was recently snapped up by Športový Klub Futbalu Sered also known as
ŠKF Sered’, a club that plays in the Slovak Super Liga, the highest football league in Slovakia.
The 19-year-old Kogi State born midfielder joined ŠKF Sered’ in August last year from Nigerian second division side, Sokoto United FC,but hasn’t gotten playing time as he secured his work permit on February, this year(2020).
With Omale bracing up to establish himself in his new club, the global Coronavirus epidemic broke out, forcing the Central European-based Slovak Club and league to suspend sporting activities as preventive measures following directives by the country’s authority.
The diminutive midfielder who plays like his idol, Kenyan international footballer, Victor Wanyama, began his football career with renowned Pepsi Academy, before swinging pendulum to Ambassadors FC all located in Zaria, Kaduna State, and later Sokoto United where he spent two seasons before his recent move to Europe.
While with Sokoto United, the prodigy scored a total of two goals and provided eight assists.
At 1.68 metre tall, Solomon Omale who is also nicknamed ‘Wanyama’, is gifted with the attributes of a mercurial midfielder – excellent ball control, dribbling skill, shooting ability, shielding ability, seamless movement with the ball, ability to play under pressure, physical energy, quick decision, accurate passes, perfect execution and precision, remiscent of his chosen idol.
With unhidden admiration for Manchester United FC of England, a club he prays to play for one day, the teenager said he will feel accomplished when he wears the national jersey of Nigeria in the nearest future.
“It’s every player’s dream to represent his country. And my dream is to play for Nigeria one day. I am an attacking midfielder, like Oghenekaro Etebo.
“I am working hard to earn that call-up someday. It’s not going to be easy, but with my move to my new club, I am going to up my game to warrant a call-up.
“I am eligible to play for the U-20 and even at a higher level, depending on what my club’s performance will be.
“Unfortunately, but thankfully, though, leagues around the world have been halted due to the Coronavirus pandemic, so, I couldn’t get to begin playing. But after the pandemic, you will hear the story of my exploits in Slovakia.
“ŠKF Sereď is a big club and they are well respected in the Slovakian top flight league, even though they are not among the top five teams on the log for now, but once the league resumes, I will help them get to a comfortable position on the league table”, the player promised.
Športový Klub Futbalu Sereď gained promotion to the Slovak Super Liga after playing in the 2017-18 season in the second tier of the Slovak football league system where they finished the season in first place, winning the second division liga championship.
The 105-year old soccer club plays its home matches at the Mestský štadión, Sereď.