24th February, 2012
Frail looking but physically strong Super Eagles midfielder, Barthlomew Ibenegwu, popularly called mosquito has revealed to P.M.Sports why people call him mosquito.
According to the Heartland of Owerri attacking midfielder, it began while he was at Imo State University playing for the institution’s team at NUGA, hosted by Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2003. Immediately he stepped unto the field with the rest of his teammates, most of the spectators started calling him mosquito due to the tiny body frame and it continued with the way he was troubling the defenders, who found it difficult to stop him.
The industrial microbiology graduate added further that the name followed him throughout his days on campus and has no qualms about the name.
Even this reporter overheard Stephen Keshi, who specifically called Ibenegwu his popular nick name: mosquito while giving out instructions to the players during their training sessions.
“Intensify your efforts, move faster with the ball and release the ball fast. Mosquito na so, Papa na so. Henry move faster to the ball. Everybody let’s do it faster. Let’s endure the hot sun. Mosquito release the ball fast,” Keshi was heard saying at the training on Thursday.
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The discipline in the camp of the Super Eagles is very tight to an extent that a player dare not step outside of the Bolton White Hotel camp at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja for any reason.
One of the players in camp who spoke to P.M.Sports said that the camp is like a military garrison, where rules must be obeyed at all times. The players are not permitted to receive visitors and the way they commuinicate to their love ones is through their mobile phones and even when they run out of credit on their phones, none of the players dare go out of the camp in search of recharge cards.
He, however stressed that the players are very happy with the discipline in the camp, adding it has a new focus on how to positively develop their career as profesionals.