My beloved friends and fans from across the world, it is my pleasure to welcome you to my personal column in my personal website www.papilonews.com. My desires for www.papilonews.com is to give you guys a website where you have all the news as it breaks, exclusive interviews,hot and authentic the way you like it.

The most exciting part of it is that it is also an opportunity for you to get to read my thoughts on opinions on many issues affecting football, in Nigeria and international. Exciting times lie ahead indeed.

Despite the pain of the recent loss of my friend, brother, team mate, captain, and coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (MON) the trail blazer who made it possible for Nigerian players to get attention of foreign clubs and another icon Shuaibu Amodu who was also a friend, brother and beloved coach to me, Nigerian football fans still have a lot to look up to.

The emergence of star players like Kelechi Nwakali who I am delighted to welcome to the Arsenal family, Samuel Chukwueze who to me is a phenomenon waiting to explode, Victor Osimhen, Alex Iwobi, and many others like them give me so much hope and excitement for the Nigerian game.

Also, the anticipated appointment of a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles, the on going transfer window and the many moves that will shape the future of many football clubs next season, the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the plight of the Nigerian league player and my plans for them, my plans to help immortalize our football legends and lend a helping hand to those in need through my collaboration with Football Legends Welfare Foundation, and any developments that unfold as we enjoy the beautiful game are all issues I will discuss here with you and give you my opinion.

On www.papilonews.com you can read about fresh new talents coming up on the local and international scene on ‘Discovery Channel’, and you can follow the trail of your favourite ex players on ‘Legends Focus’. You can also read of the lifestyles of players local and international on ‘Lifestyles’, get fresh breaking news on the local league, and on ‘Nigerian players Abroad’. You will also get to read insightful articles from foremost Nigerian sports lawyer Barrister Johnny Precious Ogbah on sports law and other issues.

Barrister Ogbah is someone I have found to have a great passion for the development of the Nigerian footballer and someone who has fought relentlessly for Nigerian players. He has represented many Nigerian players and clubs before local Players Arbitration Panels, at CAF and before FIFA Dispute Resolution Panel and Players Status Committee.

Last season, he wrote a booklet titled ‘Know Your Rights: A must have handbook for Nigerian league players’ and shared it FREE OF CHARGE to players in all Nigerian Premier League clubs. He also recently gave 50 copies of the booklet to my academy Papilo FC. That goes to show how much passion he has for the development of the Nigerian player and it is a pleasure to have him share his thoughts here with us all. Always make sure you read his columns to get yourself more enlightened. Remember, no knowledge is a waste.

Speaking of Papilo FC, to those of you who don’t know, we are the reigning Imo State Federation Cup Champions. Hurray! There are serious plans to up the ante and turn Papilo FC to a model football club very soon. We hare already discussng very viable ventures with my good friend Mr. Mike Ikoku the CEO of All Seasons Hotel the biggest hotel in my beloved Owerri and Stellar Group UK, the World’s biggest sports agency who represent world stars like Gareth Bale, Joe Heart and our very own Kelechi Nwakali. Also, we hope to bring StarTimes into the great things we are doing at Papilo FC. Of course you will learn of any further developments here first!

I have always been an optimist and I see a bright future for Nigerian football. I believe strongly that in all ramifications, there are exciting times ahead and I look forward eagerly  to great times with you all on this page and on this website.

Welcome to Papilo’s Thoughts on www.papilonews.com

Always yours,

Nwankwo ‘Papilo’ Kanu (MON)