By Gani Akanni

Peter Nieketien was a talented, intelligent mid-field player. He was a remarkable, mastery, dazzled mid-fielder, using his feet to show great control of football.

Peter Nieketien was not the only football player in his family. He has two senior brothers who influenced him, to participate in the game of football. There names are Samuel Nieketien a.k.a. Samoloku and Ayakpo John Nieketien. Peter Nieketien also has a Junior brother, who is late. They called him Timi Nieketien. May his soul continues to rest in perfect peace.

When he was young, watching his brothers play street football at Ajegunle, he became inspired, and started playing football. He learned few football tricks from his brothers.

His senior brothers encouraged and motivated him to play street football known as felele competitions at Ajegunle, Onala, Campus, Oke Ira, Navy ground at Ajegunle and other places.

Peter Nieketien was a strong member of Ysfon, (Youth Sports Federation Of Nigeria), that traveled to European countries, winning Laurels cup for Nigeria.

Through scout, Peter Nieketien football career started when Ysfon team returned from their European tour.

Peter was a
member of Lagos States Football Association Team (LAFA Bombers/ LAFA United). Femi Olukanni, Segun Olukanni, Waidi Akanni, Gani Akanni, Samson Siasia, Tarila Okorowanta, Paul Okoku, Bremner Alada, Andrew Uwe, Muyiwa Motajo, Wasiu Ipaye just to mention few names were also part of LAFA team. Worty to note, many Lagos state players pass through LAFA team at one point in time, or the other.

Peter Nieketien was a member of Lagos State Academicals team that represented Lagos State at National Sports Festival Edo ’81.

Peter Nieketien was a member of the U-20 Flying Eagles team, that won African Youths Championship Cup in 1987, and Green Eagles/Super Eagles that was Runners up at African Nation Cup, Maroc ’88 Champions SCSA Cup in Ethiopia.

When youths development programs such as Division 1,2, 3, 4, and Nigeria National Legues were at the highest competitive stage. Peter Nieketien played for several clubs, such as, Luthcol Football Club, Mandilas Lions FC, Nigeria Airways FC, ACB FC, Julius Berger FC, and Iwuanyanwu National FC, Owerri.

During his playing career, his club, Iwuanyanwu National FC were the 1988 Champions of the National League. They won the National FA Championship Cup. They were Runners Up, African Championship cup in 1988, National league Championship Cup1989, Runners Up National FA Championship Cup 1989.

In pursued of his football career. Peter Nieketien signed for AS Douanes Libreville Gabon. He later joined Delta Football Club, Libreville, Gabon. He relocate from Gabon to Malaysia to play KEDAH FA, Malaysia Champions Ligue Dua in 1992. His team was a Runners Up in 1992. Champions Liga Perdana 1993, Champions Piala Malaysia 1993. Terrangznu FA Malaysia, and AD Badson Germany.

Peter Nieketien’s dreams came true. He played football when competition among his groups and class mates were at high degree of competitive state. After a successful football professional career, he join the class of Youths development management. Coaching youths at Westhan Football Club London. He was also a youth development coach at IFTIL stars U-13 FC London, Pro hawks FC Under 13/16 London.

In Nigeria, Peter Nieketien was the head coach of Ikorodu united Football Club, Lagos. He was a head coach of Warri Wolves Football Club, in Delta State. He was also the head coach of Delta Force FC and Delta stars Football Club in Delta State.

Career qualifications raign from: Adult Mentoring Certificate (FA England 2010): 1st 4 Sports FA Level 3 Coaching Certificate AND Diploma (FA England 2009), 1st 4 Sports FA level 2 Coaching certificate (FA England 2008)
1st 4 Sports FA level 1 Coaching certificate (FA England 2006)
Advance Management Certificate in Sports Coaching/Management (Federal College of Technology Yaba Lagos 2004).

Presently, he is unattended with any club in Nigeria or Offshore. To occupied his time, he stands as head coach with Managers FC (Veteran Club).

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