The Portuguese scout who discovered FC Porto new signing Zaidu Sanusi and took him to Gil Vincente has said he will be a fulfilled man when the defender is called up to the Super Eagles.
Zaidu, 23, has signed a five-year contract with Portuguese champions Porto after an excellent first season at Santa Clara.
SCORENigeria has since learnt that the highly-rated leftback will soon enjoy double joy when he is handed his first-ever Super Eagles invitation for friendlies against Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia in Austria next month.
And Portuguese scout Alberto Silva said that call-up with make him completely fulfilled.
“I’m very happy for him (for signing for Porto), he’s a kid with an easy smile,” Silva told A Bola.
“Now I just want to see him get to the national team.”
The scout recalled his impressions of Zaidu when he first spotted him at a scouting tournament in Kaduna.
“He was a true diamond, technically gifted and physically very strong,” he remarked.
“He loved to join the attack. It was a dream, and we decided to bring him to Portugal because he has incredible ability.”
However, the plan to take the boy from rural Jega in Kebbi State to the top of football in Portugal almost derailed when he suffered an injury at his first club Gil Vicente and he was out for nine months.
“He was injured and went through a lot,” he recounted. “I remember hanging out with him a lot in the first few days, driving him in my car and he was always sad about the injury.
“He ended up at Mirandela (division 4) and today he is at Porto.
“His ambition always was to play for a big club and he always talked a lot about FC Porto. He kept saying he was going to be like Marcelo (of Real Madrid).”