From football star to begging on the streets of Khartoum
“The word dream is a big word…it is a word that means so much to every one of us. I dream of being a superstar, I know that I have talents and I want to show the world these talents. ”
Christen dreams of becoming an international football player. Originally from Nigeria, the 24 year old travelled to South America and Europe as part of a Nigerian football team. In 2015, he thought he was close to achieving that dream.
Christen was living in his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, when he was contacted by a Nigerian man who promised to help him fulfill his dreams. Christen was told that an influential Sudanese man would give him a football contract to train and play in one of the biggest teams in Sudan. Christen accepted the ticket, packed his bags, and came to Khartoum in July 2016.
Upon his arrival in Khartoum, Christen was taken to Wad Madani, located in Al Jazirah State in East Central Sudan; where he found a small and deserted club with football players who all seemed weak and untrained. He let his initial disappointment go and reminded himself that he was there to train, and to become one of the best African football players of his generation. He trained for six months with very little food and coaching. His promised monthly paycheck from the football club management never came.