Alhassan Yusuf, who was born on July 20, 2000, in Kano, Nigeria, started his football career at FC Hearts. He has been called up to Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, to replace the injured midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi.
However, the Tiki Taka Development Group, a Swedish-based academy with operations in Nigeria, recognized his talent and played a pivotal role in shaping his career. The academy provided him with the opportunity to showcase his skills at the prestigious Gothia Cup.
- Full Name: Alhassan Yusuf Abdullahi Pigui
- Date of Birth: July 20, 2000 (23 years old)
- Place of Birth: Kano, Nigeria
- Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
- Position(s): Midfielder
IFK Göteborg Discovery
Yusuf’s talents took the spotlight during the 2017 Gothia Cup, catching the attention of IFK Göteborg. His standout performance led to a trial and a subsequent permanent move to the Swedish club. He quickly made a name for himself, earning the Allsvenskan Young Player of the Year award in 2019.
IFK Göteborg to Royal Antwerp
In 2021, Yusuf’s career took a significant leap as he signed with Belgian club Royal Antwerp in a €1 million transfer. He continued to impress, earning the Player of the Month award and solidifying his status as a rising star in European football.
Despite not having been capped for the Nigerian national team, Yusuf’s inclusion in the provisional AFCON squad underscores his potential and the expectations placed on him. His UEFA Champions League debut, where he scored, further enhances his status as an international-caliber player.
Stepping Into the Limelight
As Yusuf prepares to replace Wilfred Ndidi in the Nigerian squad for the AFCON, his journey from a young talent in Nigeria to a rising star in European football exemplifies determination, skill, and passion.